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The Lions of Longleat

Longleat is a beautiful old stately home and seat of the Marquesses of Bath, the Thynn family. The current house dates from 1580 but with numerous modifications (including several by Sir Christopher Wren)

 

It has grounds designed by Capability Brown, no less. But in 1966 introduced the first drive through safari park in it's grounds. Lions have featured heavily and a great bronze statue in front of the main house.

 

The colourful current Lord Bath no longer runs the 4000+ acre estate (including 400 acres leased to CentreParcs). However, his flamboyant style is very much in evidence.

 

When walking around the house, there is a long corridor known as the Wessex Gallery, where Lord Bath has hung a large variety of modern paintings that he has bought. Imagine my absolute shock when I spotted one of my uncle's paintings on the wall.

 

My Uncle John is a brilliant artist (I'm biased) and I'm lucky enough to have several of his paintings. His style is unmistakable.

 

We worked it out - Lord Bath must have bought it from a nearby gallery. My Uncle was vaguely aware that he might have bought one but didn't know it was on display. .

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Taken on October 27, 2017