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Talk by Prof. Tim Mowl: The Great God Pan – Sylvan Deities and the Mystery of Pans-Wyke


June 13
02:30 pm - 04:30 pm
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The Beacon Hall

Tim Mowl’s lavishly illustrated talk comes with a health warning. Pan’s story encompasses ancient myth and folklore but, above all, physical and sexual debauchery. Tim will follow the God and his retinue of debauchees from his origins in the classical world, through the revival of interest in him in art and sculpture, to his role as a rural god presiding over Georgian landscape gardens. His significance at Painswick – ‘Pans-Wyke’ – will be traced through Thomas Robins’s delightful paintings of Painswick House, with its Rococo garden, and Benjamin Hyett’s drinking and wenching retreat – Pan’s Lodge – in Coldbourne Grove on the hillside above the town. It will climax in Pan’s licentious influence on the annual Clipping Ceremony of the Painswick Feast.

Timothy Mowl is Emeritus Professor in the History of Architecture and Designed Landscapes at the University of Bristol. His interest in historic gardens was sparked by the re-discovery in the early 1980s of the rare Rococo Garden at Painswick about which he published a seminal article that kick-started the restoration. Having spent the last fifteen years writing about historic gardens he is about to return to biography with a cultural study of the God Pan.

This event takes place at The Painswick Centre, and is part of a project managed by Painswick Rococo Garden Trust and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Using money raised by the National Lottery, the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s purpose is to inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. Find out more at www.heritagefund.org.uk.

The talk is free but places should be booked in advance. Visit www/rococogarden.org.uk/Whats-On/Events

The Great God Pan