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North Mymms Park
A short history

Chapter 2

18th Century Brussels Teniers Tapestry of the Kermesse
10’4" x 17’lO" - attributed to Pieter and Frans van der Borght, after David II Teniers.
Woven in blues, reds and verdue tones, groups of peasants are making merry, eating, drinking and dancing outside an inn with rustic buildings on the left and a pond in the foreground overhung by trees, with a distant landscape in the background. It has a picture frame border with a Brussels town mark bottom right.

18th Century Brussels Teniers Tapestry - Milkmaids
10’4" x 12’S" attributed to Pieter and Frans van der Borght, after David II Teniers.
Milkmaids are at work with their herd, pouring the milk into jars and cleaning churns, with a flock of sheep in the foreground, in verdure landscape with rustic buildings and trees. It has a picture frame border with Brussels town mark bottom right.

17th Century English Tapestry Panel: The Months of the Year: September
9’2" x 8’S" - late Mortlake or Hatton Garden
Emblematic of Autumn in verdure tones heightened with red, the grapes are being trodden in a large barrel with gatherers coming forward with baskets and pickers on the right overhung by trees with buildings in a landscape behind.

An important set of five mid 16th Century Brussels Tapestries from the Labours of Hercules series:
In the manner of Bernard van Orley. Each in four-sided palm trunk border with trophies of fruit and flowers and various birds of prey.

Herculean and the Nemean Lion 12’ x 10’3"
The first Labour of Hercules, the background with subsidiary scenes including Hercules receiving the commands of Eurystheus and Hercules using the fork of a tree to skin the lion. With Brussels town mark.
After Hercules, in a fit of madness, had slain his wife and children, the Delphic oracle commanded him in punishment for his crime to go to King Eurystheus and to perform whatever tasks might be demanded of him. The First Labour of the Twelve Labours of Hercules was to bring him the skin of the Nemean Lion which Hercules strangled with his bare hands. Future episodes in the series show Hercules wearing the lion skin.

Herculean and the Stymphalian Birds 12’ x 10’3"
The Sixth Labour of Hercules. Hercules is pointing a bow and arrow at the birds on the ground. Brussels town mark.

Hercules and Cacus 11’ x 14’S"
The Tenth Labour of Hercules, in the left background subsidiary events from the eleventh Labour, with the Hesperides guarding the golden apples assisted by the dragon Ladon which is slain by Hercules in his attempt to obtain possession, and to the right Hercules lifting Antaeus and squeezing him to death. With Brussels town mark bottom left.

The Tenth Labour of Hercules was the Capture of the Oxen of Geryones in Erythia. Many attempts were made to deprive Hercules of the oxen, notably by Cacus, a giant who lived in a cave on Mt. Aventius. Cacus stole some of the cattle and attempted to conceal their traces by dragging them backwards by their tails into the cave. As the other cattle passed the cave those within started to bellow and were thus discovered, whereupon Cacus was slain by Hercules.

Hercules and Antaeus 11’x 12’
The Eleventh Labour of Hercules. Lifting Antaeus from the ground and squeezing the life out of him, watched by lolaus, the background with subsidiary scenes, including Hercules and Cacus and the Stymphalian birds.

The Eleventh Labour of Hercules was the Fetching of the Golden Apples of the Hesperides. These had been given to Hera by Ge and entrusted to the keeping of the Hesperides and the dragon Ladon in the country of the Hyperboreans. In his quest Hercules encountered Antaeus, a Libyan giant, whose strength derived from contact with his mother Ge, goddess of the earth. When strangers came to his kingdom he would wrestle with them and if thrown would gather renewed strength from contact with the ground. Realising this Hercules lifted Antaeus off the ground and squeezed the life out of his body in a tight hug.

Hercules and Atlas 12’ x 17’
The Eleventh Labour of Hercules, supporting the globe with Atlas seated beside him and lolaus standing to the left, the background with subsidiary scenes including the fourth Labour of Hercules and the Capture of the Erymanthian Boar.

In the course of his quest for the Golden Apples of the Hesperides, Hercules sent Atlas to fetch them and in the meantime agreed to bear the weight of heaven for him. On his return with the Apples Atlas refused to take the burden of heaven upon his shoulders again but Hercules contrived by a stratagem to gain possession of the Apples and departed.

Two 16th Century Brussels Tapestries from the History of Venus Series:
Two of a set of Brussels mythological tapestries, mid 16th Century, after Bernard van Orley. Each in four-sided border with various birds among trophies of fruit and flowers fastened to palm trunks.

Venus 12’2" x 21’6"
To the left Aegialea and a stricken suitor with the accusing Venus with bearded companion, to the right the fallen figure of a warrior struck by Cupid’s arrow who fires it from astride an elephant, the background with mermen riding sea monsters.

Venus saves Aeneas from the onslaught of Diomedes 12’2"x 12’lO"
In the background Venus (Aphrodite) pursued by Diomedes.

A pair of rare 17th Century Florentine Tapestries from the workshop of Guasparo di Bartolommeo Papini after Alessandro Allori:

Winter13’4" x 13’S"
Depicting an interior scene, the broad sculptural border woven with reclining figures of Night and Day above flanking a flaming urn and the corners with owls. The side borders with emblematic figures of the four seasons divided by bearded satyrs contained in grotesque C scrolls, the lower border with further emblematic figures and a central log-filled lion mask furnace.

Spring 13’3" x 16’
Depicting figures in a garden beside a lake, in broad sculptural border woven with birds and flowers and allegorical figures, the sides with youths climbing palm trees and the top border with a flaming lamp.

A 16th Century Flemish Tapestry:attributed to Jakob Geubels the Elder

The Story of Romulus and Remus
This is woven in well-preserved wools and silks with Romulus presenting to his grandfather, Numitor, king of Alba Longa, the severed head of his usurper brother, Amulius. In four sided compartmented floral border with illustrations of latin proverbs and allegorical and mythological figures, including Hercules wearing the skin of the Nemean lion and Hercules and Nessus the centaur, the lower corners with Jupiter and Juno and Mars, Venus and Cupid.

A set of six fine Tapestries woven with the history of Caesar 17th Century
All have well preserved colours within broad pergola and colonnaded borders with allegorical biblical vignettes, fruit and flowers.

Mark Antony wrapped in a Victor’s Cloak 11’2" x 8’5"
Cleopatra Kneeling before Caesar 11’2"x 13’l"
Cleopatra in the Royal Barge 11’2"x 11’
Receiving Homage from an Eastern Ruler 11’2"x 11’
Caesar and Cleopatra Enthroned 1 1’2" x 8’6"
Depicts a colonnaded dais in the background with figures and animals in the foreground.

The Offering of the Crown 11’2" x 15’3"
The army in the background and a kneeling figure in the foreground.

Chapter 3 - Wall Paintings
Index North Mymms Park - A short history

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