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Statue of Hercules at E of Top Terrace in Powis Castle Gardens

A Grade II* Listed Building in Welshpool, Powys

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.6505 / 52°39'1"N

Longitude: -3.1596 / 3°9'34"W

OS Eastings: 321647

OS Northings: 306490

OS Grid: SJ216064

Mapcode National: GBR 9Z.64RL

Mapcode Global: WH79P.FMNY

Entry Name: Statue of Hercules at E of Top Terrace in Powis Castle Gardens

Listing Date: 29 February 1996

Last Amended: 29 February 1996

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16786

Building Class: Commemorative

Location: Towards the E end of the top terrace of the gardens, close to the great yew hedge.

County: Powys

Community: Welshpool (Y Trallwng)

Community: Welshpool

Locality: Powis Castle

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire

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History: The statue is one of a number of lead statues at Powis which have been attributed to the studio of John Van Nost, and which are assumed to have been made for the Baroque water garden (largely completed, 1705), which formerly occupied the land at the foot of the garden terraces. This statue is signed by Van Nost's pupil Andries Carpentiere. The statues probably used lead from the Powis family's own mine at Llangynog, Montgomeryshire. The water gardens were demolished between 1801 and 1809, and it is likely that this statue was sited in its present position shortly afterwards.

Description: Lead figure of Hercules on a stone plinth. Hercules is depicted wearing a lion-skin and slaying the hydra (carved in stone), using a club which is made of wood.

A Baroque sculpture of exceptional quality and power, which is of particular historical interest as it was made for the lost Baroque water gardens at Powis - one of the few surviving relics of them.

Reference: National Trust, Powis, 1988, p.42-3;

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