Wild Food Mary – Guided Foraging Walk

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Wild Food Mary – Guided Foraging Walk

Saturday 14th September, Charleville Estate Castle 10am . Cost €5.00 pay on arrival.

Mary Bulfin, foragerchef, and lover of all good food nature has to offer. I collect wild foods, use them fresh and also preserve, make all kinds of treats from delicious elderflower delight to relishes, dried mushrooms, and wonderful liqueurs.

Foraging is the oldest human method of gathering food. It mainly consists of collecting naturally growing green leaves, flowers, berries, nuts, mushrooms and roots.

The benefits of collecting and eating wild food are many. Foraged food is healthy, ecological, tastes fantastic, and is a joy to collect!

Guided foraging walk around Charleville Estate Limited places are available so book early. Allow 2 hours. Dress appropriately

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Help bring Peters Painting back to Charleville Castle

Peters Painting c 1970Our story begins when in 1970, Canadian, Graham Gordon climbed through the window of a derelict castle in Ireland, this Castle.

The floors were strewn with debris, rotting furniture and broken glass — a seat of power now long forgotten and lost in a deep primordial oak wood in the middle of Ireland. Light was streaming in through a broken shutter, casting rays across a giant room of intricate ornate design. There towering over Gordon hung a giant 10 foot by 20 foot grimy gilt frame encasing a gutted dark leather-like material. Gordon having felt sympathy for the falling heap of a castle instantly became determined to save this giant painting.

The owner gladly sold the painting to Gordon and the painting was carted off on the back of the tractor never to be seen again. Or so we thought?

There has always been the story of the missing painting — and sketch of it on the wall was discovered many years back — we searched and searched …

David Hicks the author of a book that is being published by Collins Press in September 2012 and features Charleville Forest Castle visited the castle in October 2011 and spoke to Dudley Stewart and shared his research with him about the Boydell painting fully restored at the Beaverbrook Museum in Canada.  This was excellent and more information on David’s book can be found at http://www.collinspress.ie/irish-country-houses.html

In January of this year it . This is when we became determined to return an exact reproduction of this great painting to Charleville castle.

In Phase 1 we got permission from the owner. Phase two was the most challenging and we decided that if we could succeed with this phase we could seek funding to complete the return of King Henry to Charleville Castle. We were lucky when we found Arthur. Arthur had honed his skills in Poland before taking on this project to prove his high capability. Since then the reproduction has been completed and the canvas is rolled away – awaiting funding to complete the last phase — this involves the stretching of the canvas 20 foot by 10 foot in the great Dining Room of the castle and it’s mounting in a gilt frame on the wall where it had hung before for many , many years.

This project which once seemed impossible to achieve is now within our reach. The €4,000 we need will cover the final recreation of the painting measuring 10ft x 20ft across. This includes:
* The printing of the replica of King Henry 8th at the baptism of the future Queen Elizabeth 1st
* The construction of a fitting frame, similar to the original frame.
* The stretching of the huge canvas and mounting of it within this frame.

We sincerely thank you for considering supporting our cause! With your help it will be open to the public.

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RTE Article 9th July 2012

Please support our painting!!

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Bring King Henry back to life in Charleville Castle

 

We would like to share with you a fascinating project we are working on — we are reproducing a huge 18th Century Masterpiece which hung for Centuries in Charleville Castle Ireland. The painting, entitled “King Henry the 8th at the baptism of the later Queen Elizabeth the 1st” is a historic and noteworthy piece depicting a scene which foretells the dramatic events which brought hitherto unimaginable change to Ireland and set in motion a growing Irish Diaspora which spans the Globe We are all working together to complete this project over the coming months Our story begins when in 1970, Canadian, Graham Gordon climbed through the window of a derelict castle in Ireland, this Castle. The floors were strewn with debris, rotting furniture and broken glass — a seat of power now long forgotten and lost in a deep primordial oak wood in the middle of Ireland. Light was streaming in through a broken shutter, casting rays across a giant room of intricate ornate design. There towering over Gordon hung a giant 10 foot by 20 foot grimy gilt frame encasing a gutted dark leather-like material. Gordon having felt sympathy for the falling heap of a castle instantly became determined to save this giant painting. The owner gladly sold the painting to Gordon and the painting was carted off on the back of the tractor never to be seen again. Or so we thought? Many years passed and eventually, people came to find the castle and see how they could do something to stop the demise of this almost forgotten treasure. Battling against incredible odds, through decades of rotating volunteers, they took possession of this great building, each year saving more of it and opening it up to be shared with the community both local and international. The faces change but the ethos of this great place remains — a story hard to tell — how does one explain it all? There has always been the story of the missing painting — and sketch of it on the wall was discovered many years back — we searched and searched … In January of this year it suddenly reappeared fully restored at the Beaverbrook Museum in Canada. This is when we became determined to return an exact reproduction of this great painting to Charleville castle In Phase 1 we got permission from the owner. Phase two was the most challenging and we decided that if we could succeed with this phase we could seek funding to complete the return of King Henry to Charleville Castle. We were lucky when we found Arthur. Arthur had honed his skills in Poland before taking on this project to prove his high capability. Since then the reproduction has been completed and the canvas is rolled away – awaiting funding to complete the last phase — this involves the stretching of the canvas 20 foot by 10 foot in the great Dining Room of the castle and it’s mounting in a gilt frame on the wall where it had hung before for many , many years. This project which once seemed impossible to achieve is now within our reach. Soon with your help it will be open to the public. What a powerful statement — that such a masterpiece could be so visibly returned to its rightful place by pure voluntary effort — this is our story and we need you to come on board to help us complete it.

King Henry VIII Unique Review

Showcased for several years in Charleville Castle, the masterpiece of King Henry the 8th at the baptism of the future Queen Elizabeth the 1st is one that can not be forgotten.  As the years passed by, the castle was unfortunately subjected to various acts of vandalism and Charleville Castle slowly became a derelict castle.  But as luck would have it, when the year 1970 came around, a gentleman by the name of Graham Gordon found his way into the castle and upon entering, came across the masterpiece of King Henry the 8th.  Already feeling sympathy for the castle, Gordon was determined to save the painting, and after correspondence with the castle’s current owner, he was granted permission to remove the painting.

Gordon had his own views from when he first came across the painting, and we at Charleville Castle have been fortunate enough to have direct quotes of Gordon describing the painting:

King Henry Painting Value

NOTES ON UNIQUENESS AND VALUATION CONSIDERATIONS

• Shakespeare’s play, KING HENRY VIII, is accepted amongst most scholars
as his last play. It is generally thought to be written in 1612 and perhaps
partially written by John Fletcher. It was performing at the Globe theatre
when the theatre burned down in 1613.

• The Peters rendering of Henry VIII, Act V, Scene 4, is the most
transforming historical moment of all the Shakespeare’s plays.
For the actual portrait of Henry, Peters used the Holbein original life
portrait of Henry, so the likeness is remarkably accurate..

• It represents the last Scene in the last Act of the play. The climax.
A towering moment when the infant Elizabeth is recognized and baptized.
She is Henry’s daughter and to become the future famous Elizabeth,
Queen of England, in that time so well known now as the “Elizabethan Age.

• The painting depicts the Archbishop of Canterbury at a hugely important
time when Henry VIII was in conflict with Rome over the issues of divorce
and was casting away Roman Catholic power from Britain.

• Archbishop Cranmer and The Lord Mayor of London are there along with the
Duke of Norfolk with his Marshal’s staff, the Duke and Duchess of Suffolk , the
Marchioness of Dorset, God Mothers and Aldermen.

• It represents more than any other painting of the Boydell Shakespeare
the core purpose of Alderman Boydell’s mission . . .
to establish a School of Historical Painting and advance the art towards maturity.

• None of the other Shakespeare plays of the historic Kings of England come close
to the monumental changes wrought by Henry VIII. Henry stands alone as
that towering monarch widely known and written of through history down until
today when the TV series “The Tudors” shines further light and huge interest
onto this powerful and demanding King, quite above and beyond the other
Henrys or Richards of British history. This Act of this Play is that pivotal moment
of British history like no other.

• The Peters Henry VIII, Act V, scene 4, is about the largest of all the Boydell
Shakespeare paintings.

• Its value cannot be judged simply as a ‘Peters” painting. It is a unique Boydell
Shakespeare painting in the light of its monumental historical relevance.

Gordon’s viewpoint on the masterpiece brings such a unique vision, we can only hope it will inspire others to take part in our goal of bringing King Henry the 8th back to Charleville!

 

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