Posted by: travelrat | August 7, 2018

The Earl’s Garden

Earl's Garden, Arundel

Arundel Castle: 25th July 2018

The Earl, for whom the Earl’s Garden is named was the 14th Earl of Arundel, Thomas Howard. He lived in the 17th Century, and was known as the ‘Collector Earl’. It might be thought he was a collector of plants but, as far as I can discover, he wasn’t. He did, however, collect a lot of other things; paintings, sculpture, drawings and antiquities from all over Europe. He was, in fact, one of the earliest Grand Tourists.

He was pretty influential, too. He escorted Princess Mary (later Queen Mary II) to her wedding with William of Orange (later King William III) and had his portrait painted by Rubens, Van Dyke and other illustrious artists of the day.

He was particularly fond of Italy, hence the Italianate air of the upper terraces within the garden. Of particular note is ‘Oberon’s Palace’, where a crown is seemingly held aloft by the jet of a fountain. I don’t have any pictures of this, but I do have video. When I get around to processing it, I’ll try to rip a still from it, and try to work out how it’s done.

Despite the fact that, beyond the bounds of the garden, a mediaeval tournament was going on, and many people had come to see it, and look around the castle and its grounds, few people seemed to come into the garden. And, those that did come seemed to be rather absorbed by the peaceful surroundings.

Earl's Garden


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