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Images Dated 23rd December 2009

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Chiswick House, Red Velvet Room ceiling J970259 Featured 23 Dec 2009 Print

Chiswick House, Red Velvet Room ceiling J970259

CHISWICK HOUSE, London. Interior. View of the ceiling in the Red Velvet Room.
The ceiling is inset with painted panels attributed to William Kent and has usually been interpreted as an allegory of the Arts. The panels around the edge, for example, incorporate musical instruments, portrait roundels of gods and goddesses (Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Mars, Diana and Apollo) and their appropriate Zodiac signs. In the central panel the messenger god Mercury hovers above a stone arch, below which is a group of figures with further emblems of the visual arts: Architecture is represented by a bare-chested woman with a set square and a cherub with a plan of a Roman temple, Sculpture by a fallen bust of Inigo Jones, and Painting by a woman unveiling a self-portrait of Kent.
The radical alternative interpretation of this symbolism is that it alludes to the ritual of the Royal Arch masonic lodge. Red is the Royal Arch colour, so the red velvet on the walls is symbolic, as is the red drape which is being removed to reveal Kent's portrait in the ceiling. The traditional implements of the architect and sculptor, depicted in the ceiling, are likewise masonic emblems, while the combination of an arch below a rainbow which occurs in the ceiling painting was apparently a common subject of early Royal Arch lodge banners. The suggestion, therefore, is that this room could have been designed by Burlington and Kent - both of whom were certainly freemasons - to function as a masonic meeting place

© Jeremy Young

Natural History Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, England Featured 23 Dec 2009 Print

Natural History Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, England

© Jon Arnold / AWL Images Ltd

British, Capital Cities, Capital City, Cities, City, England, English, Europe, European, Exhibition Road, Great Britain, Jai, Jon Arnold, London, Natural History Museum, Northern Europe, South Kensington, Travel Destinations, Uk, Uk01969 Jpg, United Kingdom, Western Europe

Regent Bower Bird Take Off Featured 23 Dec 2009 Print

Regent Bower Bird Take Off

Regent Bowerbird. Male . Sericulus chrysocephalus Order: Passeriformes Family: Ptilonorhynchidae. The head, back and flight feathers of the male regent bowerbird are coloured in a rich golden-yellow, with the remainder of the bird being black with a purple sheen. Its forehead is sometimes tinted crimson, and it has bright yellow eyes

© sylvain Cordier