Photographer's Note

Good Morning Everyone,

Here, you see the formal garden of Seaton Delaval Hall, which is a country house in Northumberland, England. It is situated near the coast, just north of Newcastle upon Tyne, between Seaton Sluice and Seaton Delaval, and was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh in 1718 for Admiral George Delaval.

The house stands in a 400 acre estate and in front of the house there is a statue of David, with empty sling, lightly poised above the crouching form of Goliath, who has his thumbs doubled inside his palms. This was a Northumbrian precaution against witchcraft.

Sadly, this beautiful house was never seen completed by the owner, nor the designer. They both died before its completion!

It has had a very chequered history and has only been lived in intermittently. It now belongs to the National Trust, which has spent time and money renovating it so that it can be viewed regularly by the public.

For a more complete history of the house please click this link .

Although this looked like a good opportunity for a symmetrical shot, I found that the fountain was lost against the b/g of the house and decided upon this off-set composition.

I wish you a happy day, Bev :-)

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5361 W: 265 N: 12177] (48970)
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