Captive queen inspires sculptor at UK’s Chatsworth House


EDENSOR, England (Reuters) – A new installation by British artist Linder Sterling in the garden of Chatsworth House draws on one of the most intriguing episodes in the estate’s 500-year-old history: the imprisonment of Mary, Queen of Scots.

The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire look at a sculpture entitled “Into the Wind” by Nic Fiddian-Green during the Chatsworth Outdoors exhibition at Chatsworth House near Edensor, Britain September 12, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples

Sterling’s “Bower of Bliss” is a response the Queen Mary’s Bower, a raised structure in the 105-acre garden which some believe was built in the 1570s as a space for Mary to exercise while she was held captive for her alleged involvement in plots assassinate her cousin Elizabeth I.

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Mary was forced to abdicate in 1567 after she was implicated in her husband’s murder and was then imprisoned in England by Elizabeth I from 1568 and executed in 1587.

Sterling’s installation is one of the highlights of a new sculpture exhibition called “Chatsworth Outdoors: Grounds for Sculpture”, which opens in the garden of the Derbyshire estate on Sept. 14.

Among the 35 works on show is a standing male cast iron figure by Antony Gormley called “Learning to be I”, and “Into the Wind”, a bronze sculpture of a horse’s head by Nic Fiddian-Green.

Writing by Raissa Kasolowsky; Editing by Alison Williams



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