Et in Arcadia ego
Palladian temples, lakes, statues - an 18th Century vision of paradise, perhaps. "If you awaken here, perhaps you are already dead?"
Paradise; from the Greek, paradeisos; from the Persian, Paradaida = Park or gardens
The early morning mists are still visible over the lakes and grounds of Castle Howard, North Yorkshire.
Some may remember the TV series, Brideshead Revisited; Castle Howard played the part of Brideshead.
Although building work began c. 1699 the construction of Castle Howard took more than one hundred years before the House could be said to have been finally completed, and spanned the lifetimes of three Earls and numerous architects and craftsmen.
The main designers for both house and grounds were John Vanbrugh and Nicholas Hawksmoor. Built from east to west the mansion took shape in just under ten years.
The East Wing was constructed in 1701-03; the eastern wing of the Garden Front in 1701-06; the Central Block, including the dome, in 1703-06; and the western wing of the Garden Front in 1707-09.
for those interested in the title of this shot; the phrase is a memento mori, which is usually interpreted to mean "I am also in Arcadia" or "I am even in Arcadia", as if spoken by personified Death or the Grim Reeper, himself.