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The devil is in the Epstein detail at East Lodge

Posted on Monday, 19 April 2010 10:07AM by
Peak District hotels East Lodge and The Peacock have joined forces with Derwent-Wye Fine Art to present a multi-site sculpture exhibition. Due to take place in September and October, visitors will have the opportunity to view and perhaps purchase works by major figures from the world of sculpture.

As a taste of what is to come, the two hotels have already played host to some smaller works in bronze as an example of the quality that will be on display later this year – with the Peacock displaying work by Leslie Summers and East Lodge showing off a bronze by Sir Jacob Epstein.

On display at East lodge on Friday was ‘Lucifer, Belial and Beelzebub’, a highly detailed three figure bronze work by Epstein depicting incarnations of the devil. Sir Jacob Epstein is considered one of the pioneers of modern sculpture, and this smaller piece is related to his iconic work entitled ‘St. Michael’s victory over Satan’ outside Coventry Cathedral.

“The Epstein piece is sure to attract a great deal of interest,” said Stephen Earnshaw, director of Derwent-Wye. “Bronzes like this were usually only produced in small numbers. It is priced at around £6,000, which is sure to attract fans of Epstein’s work.”

The Peacock manager Jenni MacKenzie displayed a work by Leslie Summers entitled ‘Kneeling Mother and Child.’ “This is another example of a fine bronze study by a popular artist,” continued Steve. “It is numbered four out of nine bronzes signed by the artist and expected to fetch just under £2,000.”

This tripartite collaboration complements a similar display of sculpture at Chatsworth House and as the closest hotel to the regions most famous landmark, East Lodge is the perfect venue for art lovers to stay while they view the works on display.

“It’s a pleasure to be hosting part of this local exhibition of sculpture and working in partnership with two other local businesses for the overall benefit of the area,” said Iain Hardman, director of multi award-winning East Lodge hotel and restaurant. “East Lodge is a fantastic building and these contemporary sculptures will add another dimension to the hotel; our close proximity to Chatsworth makes us the perfect place for art lovers to stay while they enjoy the region’s sculpture exhibitions later this year.”

“We can’t wait to see these sculptures finally in situ at East Lodge and the Peacock,” continued Steve. “It’s not every day you get to exhibit works from such a diverse range of famous artists in one region. Leslie Summers is becoming more widely recognised and a legend like Jacob Epstein is the icing on the cake.”

East Lodge is owned by the Hardman family and attention to detail has seen the hotel pick up a wide range of prestigious accolades in recent years. East Lodge has again achieved the coveted AA “Inspectors’ Choice” accolade with three red stars for 2010, placing it within the top 150 hotels in the UK and were one of just 48 hotels in UK presented with the Visit England Gold Award. For further information about the hotel visit www.eastlodge.com , alternatively, to book an overnight  stay at East Lodge, including its award-winning breakfast call 01629 734474.

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