Tuesday, 22 March 2011

The Needle's Eye

Views around Wentworth  V

This painting is the " Eye of the Needle " situated adjacent to Coaley Lane, Wentworth.
Built in the 18th century it is one of the 4 Wentworth Follies.
This stone gateway on the Wentworth estate used to straddle a private road
 connecting the estate through to Brampton - a village a few miles north.
Legend has it, that Earl Fitzwilliam built this archway as a result of a wager
 as to whether he could drive his horse and carriage through the eye of a needle.   
(Don't think Ladbrokes were around back then!)

Measuring 10" x 8" on canvas board, this acrylic painting is #14 of 52.
One a week for a year - enjoy.

1 comment:

  1. I often walk round past Needles Eye. Another one of the great follies on the estate. I read this week that the owner of the house is looking to turn it into a hotel and conference centre - I dont know what I think of that idea. On one hand, it will be great to get inside for a look around and a nights stay, on the other, I would have loved to have seen it preserved and restored.