Parlington Hall :: Thomas Banks Bas-relief

Bas-relief in the Lobby at Lotherton Hall

The above photograph is of a bas-relief in marble by the famous British Sculptor Thomas Banks [December 29, 1735 - February 2, 1805] The piece is depicting Alcyone and Ceyx, from the classic Greek Mythological story, more detail can be found on Wikipedia here. The full history of the sculpture, which now lives in the entrance lobby at Lotherton Hall, is unclear.

However, it was presented as a gift to Sir Thomas Gascoigne by his close friend Henry Swinbourne who had won the sculpture in a lottery, it lived at Parlington for some of the eighteenth century, and throughout the nineteenth century. It was finally removed to Lotherton sometime after 1905 following the death of Colonel Frederick Trench-Gascoigne. The history at Lotherton is less than auspicious, being kept in storage by the Gascoignes, only seeing the light of day after the house was bequethed to Leeds City. Then it was cemented into the wall, and remains thus to this day! A point to note is that due to the position of the plaque, high up on the wall, the perspective in my photograph is skewed and therefore the piece appears shallower in depth, by about 10%. The recorded size of the sculpture is 76.2 x 113cms [30" x 44.5"]

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