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By pamelajean
Continuing my abstract series, with grateful thanks to all who took the time to look, vote, award and comment on my Spanish roof image.

This is a detail from the marble mosaic Angel at Mottisfont by the artist, Boris Anrep(1883-1969), a charismatic character 'of near Herculean size and shape'.
Maud Russell mixed with other London artists in the same circles as Boris and the pair became friends and lovers.
She was a committed supporter of Anrep's art, one of two main private patrons who paid for his celebrated mosaic pavement for the entrance hall of the National Gallery.

He often visited Mottisfont and in 1947 he made this mosaic for the house. It is half-hidden, an almost private image that both reminds us of the site's Christian roots and also speaks of an enduring earthly love.

This angel has a simple, almost mask-like face that recalls the early Byzantine mosaics that had inspired Anrep. At the same time, however, her face looks remarkably like that of Maud Russell. Although both would have other partners, they were always very fond of each other, and for a while Mottisfont was their private paradise.

You can see almost the whole figure in the version. It's on the outside of the house, and can easily be missed, being tucked away in a tight corner, making it difficult to photograph the entire figure.


Tags: Angel Specialist and abstract Lovers Mottisfont abbey Hampshire England National Trust property Near Romsey Boris Anrep Maud Russell Marble Mosaic private paradise

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MAHO30 4 France
5 Aug 2020 3:36PM
Bravo pour cette belle prise de vue et pour la qualité de l'éclairage
Je possède aussi le même appareil photo HS20 je l'utilise parfois pour la qualité de son optique
Chinga Plus
11 61 3 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2020 4:15PM
Amazing mosaic !!
Isabel GrinGrin
mac Plus
20 13 Scotland
5 Aug 2020 4:30PM
The complete work must be an amazing sight, going by the quality and workmanship in the two sections you photographed. Very rich colours coupled with a great introduction, Pamela.
LoryC 6 2 Italy
5 Aug 2020 5:17PM
Beautiful set and very interesting caption.

5 Aug 2020 5:32PM
Wonderful mosaic work here, so skilled!

JuBarney Plus
10 36 5 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2020 5:39PM
Two lovely shots of this terrific mosaic, with very interesting info.
5 Aug 2020 6:42PM
Pleasure to make it 30 Pamela,
5 Aug 2020 7:41PM
Wonderful art work and superb detail! 🏆
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
5 Aug 2020 8:41PM
Most interesting text and wonderful accompanying images!
LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2020 9:31PM
Over the years I’ve taken many images of stained glass windows the Angels fascinate me because they are never what they seem as it is with this image the eyes to me are the focal point revealing nothing hooded and in some ways withdrawn the arms raised pushing life away.

johnke Plus
9 232 17 England
6 Aug 2020 6:31AM
I enjoyed reading our text the mosaics are absolutely superb....John
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
6 Aug 2020 3:02PM
A wonderful and very colourful mosaic abstract, Pamela, nice to see the wider view also 😃👍 I always marvel at what patience people must have in creating these.
Trev 😀
bricurtis Plus
16 2.6k 52 England
6 Aug 2020 9:08PM
Lovely mosaic abstract - good to see the bigger picture too.
Fefe Plus
10 73 41 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2020 1:10PM
Love the lead Pamela Grin
capto Plus
10 7.0k 31 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2020 10:09PM
Well capture with interesting info.Smile
Mike_Smith Plus
14 892 2 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2020 7:51PM
Beautiful images captured Pam, it’s a stunning mosaic
kojack 10 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2020 4:59PM
Lovely colourful mosaic captured images.
Jeff. Smile

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