Fonthill: Conservatory – A Great Place to Sit and Reflect

Conservatory by Karl Graf. Conservatory

Canon 5D MkIII, EF24-70mm f/2.8L @ 24mm, f/11, ISO 200 (HDR)

After a tour through the Castle, I like to sit in the Conservatory adjacent to the entrance and just look around, enjoy and reflect on this National Treasure.  It is truly a elaborate work of art by an ingenious and dedicated man.  It is a museum of history, art, and artifacts as well as Mercer’s own work.

The tiles displayed on the pedestals are from a recent exhibit of local artists.  These are by Eric Boynton.

The Conservatory is adorned with Mercer’s collection of Spanish tiles. You can see the definite influence of Moorish design.  Different styles adorn the room.  Below is another variety of his Spanish tiles.

Spanish Tiles, Conservatory by Karl Graf.

This post ends the tour of Henry Mercer’s Fonthill Tiles.  I hope to be able to do a similar study on the artwork and artifacts displayed in the Castle.  I hope that this series has been enjoyable with a little bit of history thrown in.

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