Mayor of Hounslow Visits Camellia Festival

Cllr Colin Ellar visited the Chiswick House Camellia Festival to admire the fabulous blooms which are attracting visitors from all over the world

This week the Mayor of Hounslow, Cllr Colin Ellar, visited the Chiswick House Camellia Festival to admire the fabulous blooms which are attracting visitors from all over the world.
 
While visiting the festival the Mayor snipped a ribbon to celebrate the restoration and return of an intriguing 19th Century statue of ‘Ishmael in the Wilderness’ to the Conservatory.  Accompanying him was George Nissen, Chairman of the Friends of Chiswick House, which have generously funded the repair of the marble statue.
 
The statue was given to the Borough of Brentford and Chiswick in the 1950s by Dr Morgan-Evans a local GP who practised in Chiswick for many years and the council chose to place it in Chiswick’s historic Conservatory. Sadly, probably during the time when the Conservatory fell into decay, the statue was badly broken and ended up in pieces and overlooked in an obscure part of the gardens.

'Little was known of its provenance', says Chiswick House and Gardens Trust Director Sarah Finch-Crisp, 'until a conversation with the ladies of the Chiswick Women’s Institute in 2010 who were a mine of information and able to throw some light on its history. Chiswick House and Gardens Trust are immensely grateful to the Friends of Chiswick House for enabling the statue to be expertly repaired and returned to the restored Conservatory in time for our first Camellia Festival'.

The Camellia Festival continues until 20th March.

The Mayor of Hounslow, Cllr Colin Ellar cuts a ribbon on the statue of Ishmael with George Nissen, Chairman of the Friends of Chiswick House
(Photograph courtesy of Ward Scott)
The Mayor of Hounslow, Cllr Colin Ellar cuts a ribbon on the statue of Ishmael with George Nissen, Chairman of the Friends of Chiswick House
 

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