Attic – one section at a time?


Schoolroom, chimney breast
and The Ambassadors are back

Where better than the schoolroom to put Holbein’s Ambassadors‘ table display (or my version of it) which I chucked out of the Great Hall a couple of years back.


On the left is Jean de Dinteville, aged 29, French ambassador to England in 1533. To the right stands his friend, Georges de Selve, aged 25, bishop of Lavaur, who acted on several occasions as ambassador to the Emperor, the Venetian Republic and the Holy See. (Caption obtained from the National Gallery site – link above)

But first a chimney breast

A gallery of work played around with this week.  Some taking days (fireplace and setting it in amongst the tangle of beams plus the inverted T section cross beams) and others went in place quite quickly (layout generally).  Click on individual images if you want to read the longer captions and access a possibly larger version of any image in the gallery.

 A mix and match across the centuries

with a touch of Edgar Allan Poe

As the two ambassadors have long since died, the year now being 1616, we have not just a memento mori at floor level but an actual skull with a friendly raven perched on top, along with, rather sadly, two skulls on the table top.

The outer wall (left) is a mock up, so if  you think the window perspex is looking bent you’d be right – it’s all a try-out.

I don’t think we’ll have any figures in here, besides one of the boys who should be present is watching the fight in the street through the window down stairs.



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