all angles by Tony Via Flickr: construction of the Speke Hall was began in 1530, though earlier buildings had been on the site, parts of which are incorporated into today’s structure. The Great Hall was the first part of the house to be built, in 1530. The Great (or Oak) Parlour wing was added in 1531.
Frederic Leighton (1830-1896)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Liverpool, England
Daphnephoria was an ancient Greek festival held every ninth year at Thebes in Boeotia in honour of Apollo. It consisted of a procession in which the chief figure was a boy of good family and noble appearance, whose father and mother must be alive. Immediately in front of this boy, who was called Daphnephoros (laurel bearer), walked one of his nearest relatives, carrying an olive branch hung with laurel and flowers and having on the upper end a bronze ball from which hung several smaller balls. Another smaller ball was placed on the middle of the branch or pole (which was called a κώπω), which was then twined round with purple ribbons, and at the lower end with saffron ribbons. These balls were said to indicate the sun, stars and moon, while the ribbons referred to the days of the year, being 365 in number.
The Daphnephoros, wearing a golden crown, or a wreath of laurel, richly dressed and partly holding the pole, was followed by a chorus of maidens carrying suppliant branches and singing a hymn to Apollo.
Rivière [Briton Riviere] (1840-1920): Fidelity, 1869, oil on canvas, 87 x 115.5
cm, Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom, source:
19thcenturybritpaint.blogspot.com and bridgemanimages.com.