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The lake at Stourhead

May - Pete Fairhurst

View across a still lake, with many different coloured trees surrounding an ornate bridge in the background, and a cloudy sky above
"The lake at Stourhead is artificially created. Following a path around the lake is meant to evoke a journey similar to that of Aeneas's descent in to the underworld. In addition to Greek mythology, the layout is evocative of the 'genius of the place,' a concept expounded by Alexander Pope. Buildings and monuments are erected in remembrance of family and local history. Henry Hoare was a collector of art; one of his pieces was Claude Lorrain's Aeneas at Delos, which is thought to have inspired the pictorial design of the gardens. Passages telling of Aeneas's journey are quoted in the temples surrounding the lake." [Wikipedia, May 2019]
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