Anglesey Woodland Festival

Anglesey Woodland Festival

Date

29 September 2018

Location

Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Anglesey
SH 52085 69639; 53.20317°N, 4.21601°W

Information

Anglesey Woodland Festival;
Plas Newydd;
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Anglesey Woodland Festival

Eagle Owl

Eagle Owl

Date

26 September 2015

The tenth annual Anglesey Woodland Festival was held in Dairy Wood in the grounds of Plas Newydd on 26 and 27 September 2015. The free event is organised by the Ynys Mon Outdoor Learning Wales Network Group and the National Trust.

Location

Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Anglesey
SH 52085 69639; 53.20317°N, 4.21601°W

Information

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Rex Whistler’s Mural, Plas Newydd

Trompe-l’œil

Trompe-l’œil. Detail from one of the two side walls in Plas Newydd’s dining room. The impression of relief on this flat surface is astonishingly convincing.

Date

21 June 2015
Location

Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Anglesey

SH 52085 69639; 53.20317°N, 4.21601°W

Information

Reginald John “Rex” Whistler (1905-1944) was born in Kent and, after initially starting to study art at the Royal Academy, attended University College London’s Slade School of Art from age 17 to 21. Not long afterwards he completed his first major commission, a mural entitled The Expedition in Pursuit of Rare Meats (unveiled in 1927) for the restaurant of the Tate Gallery (now known as Tate Britain). Whistler was a talented artist who worked in a great variety of disciplines, including portraits and landscapes, murals, posters and book illustrations, porcelain designs, and stage and costume design. He was a popular guest at many country houses where he created a number of murals, which were in vogue in the inter-war years. During the Second World War he served as a Lieutenant in the Welsh Guards and was sent to Normandy after the D-Day landings. He was killed there in Caen on his first day of action.

In the 1930s the 6th Marquess of Anglesey had to sell off the Paget family home in Staffordshire and Plas Newydd, the family’s country retreat in Anglesey, became their home. The Marchioness, Lady Victoria Marjorie Harriet Manners, took charge of re-decorating the property and Whistler was commissioned in 1936 to create a mural for the dining room. Completed in the 1937, the piece, entitled Claudian Fantasy, is at 17 metres long the largest canvas painting in the UK. The work incorporates many tricks of perspective and continues onto two side walls giving a fascinating three-dimensional effect.

Further Reading

Rex Whistler;
Rex Whistler: A Talent Cut Short – review (The Guardian);
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Silver Waterloo statuette

Silver Waterloo statuette

Date

21 June 2015
Location

Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Anglesey

SH 52085 69639; 53.20317°N, 4.21601°W

Information

Plas Newydd estate, which has been owned by the National Trust since 1976, dates back to the 14th century and its Grade I listed house was rebuilt in the 1790s as a country retreat for Henry Paget (1744-1812), 1st Earl of Uxbridge (2nd creation) by architect James Wyatt (1746-1813). Upon Paget’s death, his son Henry William Paget (1768-1854) inherited the estate and became the 2nd Earl of Uxbridge.

Henry William Paget was a prominent politician and military commander. He served as MP for Carnarvon and also for Milborne Port in Somerset. His military career started in the 1790s and he is best known for his role in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 where he was, as a Lieutenant-General, second in command to Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852), 1st Duke of Wellington, and was in command of the British, Belgian and Dutch cavalry. Having led the cavalry charge, he was, towards the end of the battle, struck by cannon fire, whereupon he is reputed to have turned to Wellington and remarked: “By God, Sir, I have lost my leg.” His right leg had to be amputated and it was later buried and given a gravestone, which subsequently became something of a tourist attraction. Within a few weeks of the end of the battle he was created 1st Marquess of Anglesey by the Prince Regent. He was promoted to full General in 1819 and to Field Marshal in 1846. He also served as Master-General of the Ordnance and Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland.

Following the colourful lifestyle and extravagantly lavish spending of Henry Cyril Paget (1875-1905), 5th Marquess, his cousin the 6th Marquess, Charles Henry Alexander Paget (1885-1947) had to sell the family seat in Staffordshire in the 1930s and Plas Newydd became the new family home. After the house and grounds were opened to the public, the 7th Marquess, George Charles Henry Victor Paget (1922-2013), retained private rooms within the property until his death. His study is now also open to the public.

Further Reading

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Plas Newydd

Date

10 October 2010
Location

Plas Newydd, Anglesey

SH 52077 69485 53.20179°N, 4.21605°W

Further Information

The estate dates back to the 15th century and the house is the seat of the Marquess of Anglesey. The first Marquess, Henry William Paget (1768-1854) was second in command under Wellington in the Battle of Waterloo (1815). The house was built by the father of the first Marquess, the first Earl of Uxbridge, and is the work of architect James Wyatt. The house is owned by the National Trust and a part of it is still occupied by the seventh Marquess.

Plas Newydd (National Trust)
Plas Newydd (Wikipedia)
Henry Paget, 1st Marquess of Anglesey (Wikipedia)
James Wyatt

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