BACK OF HOUSE FACADE
PLASTERWORK PANEL IN PORTICO
This is a depiction of a ceremonial and celebratory procession. Not all the details are accurate – for example, there appears to be some confusion about the central image wearing a winged helmet – Hermes – but holding a wand with entwined serpents – Asklepius.
In the centre
· Apollo holds a lyre and leans against a draped half column.
On the left side of the panel
· one man is holding a shepherd’s crook, others are dancing, another plays panpipes, yet another shakes a tambourine, and one more carries a sheep over one shoulder. On the face of the tambourine are the date 1853 and a signature.
· robed women in the company of a child are carrying wreaths.
· Hermes wearing a winged and horned helmet is carrying a wand entwined by 2 snakes
On the right side of the panel
· Dionysus (also called Bacchus in Roman mythology) rides in a carriage pulled by two lions.
· women in the procession bear wreaths, flowers and a cornucopia.
· men follow with pipes and cymbals.
Back of House Panel Right