The Bristol Cross


Gayla Bailey of Red Imaging was inspired by The Choice to use Kenneth Woodbridge’s black and white photograph of the Bristol Cross and Pantheon (taken in the 1960’s) to brilliantly re-capture what the garden would have looked like, in the snow, over 200 years ago.


Henry Hoare painted the Bristol Cross blue, gold and vermillion

‘If they had asked him why he had decorated it so, he might have been evasive because, even to him, the answer was not clear. In his mind it had something to do with the court. Blue, vermillion and gold were the colours of chivalry and patronage but that was not all. He coveted the mysterious weight and subtle lustre of the precious metal. He loved the careless ease with which kings and courtiers wore it as of right and yet also enjoyed the anxious grasp of the newly rich as they grabbed at it. Gold set ennobled gentlemen apart, yet was also the means by which ordinary men could advance themselves. His love of gold had made him the bridge between all these factions. It had made him a demi-god, deciding who should be propped up, who might be advanced and who should be allowed to fall.’