The Italian House

Michael Dillon hard at work on the Italian House mural © Hidcote Manor Garden

Michael Dillon hard at work on the Italian House mural

The mural returns

Back in 2011 we embarked on a major project to repaint a mural in our Italian House. Johnston painted a landscape on the wall, but over the years it had worn away so only traces of colour were left.

We commissioned renowned artist Michael Dillon to create a new masterpiece. The mural aims to capture the spirit of Johnston's garden.

Before the project

The Italian House as it was © Glyn Jones

The Italian House as it was

The thatched Italian House is one of the smallest garden 'rooms' created by Johnston.

 

Day 1

The Italian House © Hidcote Manor Garden

The Italian House

It took us three days to erect the wooden hoarding. We had to position it very carefully.

Day 3

The Italian House © Hidcote Manor Garden

The Italian House

A few days later the weatherproof canvas was stretched over the hoarding. Sketching would soon follow...

Day 4

The Italian House © Hidcote Manor Garden

The Italian House

The canvas was cut so that the series of windows was revealed.

Day 7

The Italian House © Hidcote Manor Garden

The Italian House

Michael set to work and soon had the main outline in place.

Day 11

The Italian House © Hidcote Manor Garden

The Italian House

Most of Michael's time on day 11 was spent concentrating on the detail around the ceramic tile windows.

Day 13

The Italian House © Hidcote Manor Garden

The Italian House

A lot of time was spent on the main image on this day. The hedges doubled in size and there was a hint of topiary.

Day 18

The Italian House © Hidcote Manor Garden

The Italian House

Michael added even more green to the hedges. Most of his time though was spent on the side walls.

Day 19

The Italian House © Hidcote Manor Garden

The Italian House

The main picture was almost complete but Michael had a surprise for us...

Day 20

The Italian House © Hidcote Manor Garden

The Italian House

The surprise was revealed. People started to appear in the picture, all dressed in 1930s clothes.

Day 21

The Italian House © Hidcote Manor Garden

The Italian House

The mural was almost complete. Michael even painted a gardener into the picture.

Day 44

The Italian House © Hidcote Manor Garden

The Italian House

The Italian House is now open and the mural looks magnificent.

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