Parlington Hall :: The Estate :: Oil Paintings, by Anthony Christian
A Series of paintings by Anthony Christian, an acknowledged international artist, who lives on the Parlington Estate, is to be exhibited for sale at Aberford Interiors in early October. The estate may lack some of the cudos of its earlier days but there is a wealth of simply delightful countryside to meander through on a weekend or whenever takes your fancy. Anthony's pictures will introduce you to some of the rural treats to be found.
View of Aberford from near the Style
The two views on this page are both taken looking east, towards Aberford at the foot of the valley. The massive sycamore on the right side of the upper image is a solid and flourishing example, many sycamores, being good for log burning, don't achieve this longevity. The field is bounded by a stone wall, probably shaped and walled from the nearby long disused quarries along Parlington Lane, out of the scene to the right. The walls which remain, perhaps only 50% or less along the field perimeter, are the original fields for grazing Sir Thomas Gascoigne's, mares and foals. He may have looked down upon this field and selected a future winner at the St Ledger, perhaps. He was a great patron of the Turf and an acknowledged race horse owner and won many races including the following more significant: St Ledger 1778, with Hollandaise; again in 1798 with Symmetry; the Oaks at Epsom in 1803 with Theophania; and the Doncaster Cup with Tuberose in 1776. All Sir Thomas's horses would have been trained at Parlington, sending them two weeks or so prior to a race, to local training stables.
The lower painting looks along the boundary on the north side of the field, the long line of trees obscuring the boundary wall. The field has never been ploughed and is used for grazing cattle, but this year it has produced a crop of hay for winter feed.