1 EAGLETON NOTES: For Katherine



Saturday, 18 September 2010

For Katherine

Today CJ and I went to Tatton Park in Cheshire. It wasn't the perfect weather for wandering round gardens or for photography and the Mansion itself was a major disappointment so far as I was concerned. The fact that I took very few photos (despite being an English National Trust property photography was not allowed anyway inside the Mansion - not a problem because there was only one photo I really wanted to take).

There was, however, one particularly interesting item in the garden. It was Helen Marten's coveting keratin and milk on white (with Fran Edgerley). The first thing I said was 'There's one for Katherine.'

This is described as an inversion of a monumental sculpture, evoking the Egerton (Tatton Park was the Egerton family seat) lion and the British obsession with heirarchy. A truncated, hand-carved polystyrene lion faces an obtuse billboard, suggesting the shifting ownership and branding of Tatton Park.

As the description meant absolutely nothing to me I thought I'd offer it for discussion.

I have to say that I really liked the lion. I thought he had the face of an old man.


  1. I like the lion very much. Reminds me of the lion in "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe".

  2. It is a very aristocratic-looking lion, but as for the rest... ???

  3. Ooo, a post, for me? [Unwraps it and has a look inside]... Ooooh, it's a puzzle... Um. I guess it's something to do with selling history/ stately homes having to market themselves in order to maintain themselves... ?