ANDRÉ DURAND Twenty-First Century Paintings

SAINT EUSTACE by André Durand (2006) ()



Dimensions: 111 x 168

Oil on linen



“Eustace, which first was named Placidus, was master of the chivalry of Trajan, the emperor, and was right busy in the works of mercy, but he was a worshipper of idols. And he had a wife of the same rite, and also of the deeds of mercy, of whom he had two sons, which he did do nourish after his estate. And because he was ententive to the works of mercy, he deserved to be enlumined to the way of truth”.

“So on a day, as he was on hunting, he found an herd of harts, among whom he saw one more fair and greater than the other, which departed from the company and sprang into the thickest of the forest. And the other knights ran after the other harts, but Placidus siewed him with all his might, and enforced to take him. And when the hart saw that he followed with all his power, at the last he went up on a high rock, and Placidus approaching nigh, thought in his mind how he might take him. And as he beheld and considered the hart diligently, he saw between his horns the form of the holy cross shining more clear than the sun, and the image of Christ, which by the mouth of the hart, like as sometime Balaam by the ass, spake to him, saying: Placidus, wherefore followest me hither? I am appeared to thee in this beast for the grace of thee. I am Jesu Christ, whom thou honourest ignorantly, thy alms be ascended up tofore me, and therefore I come hither so that by this hart that thou huntest I may hunt thee. And some other say that this image of Jesu Christ which appeared between the horns of the hart said these words. And when Placidus heard that, he had great dread, and descended from his horse to the ground. And an hour after he came to himself, and arose from the ground, and said: Rehearse again this that thou hast said, and I shall believe thee. And then our Lord said: I am Jesu Christ that formed heaven and earth, which made the light to increase, and divided it from darkness, and established time, days, and hours”.

The Life of Saint Eustace from The Golden Legend
Compiled by Jacobus de Voragine,1275.Translated by William Caxton, 1483


The majestic 700-acre park is internationally important as one of the finest unspoilt examples of an English landscape park designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. It is also home to the largest and oldest herd of fallow deer in England.

The ancient records of Petworth reveal many centuries of land tenure, even mentioning William, 8th Baron de Percy (1193-1245), in connection with the ‘new small park in which is his cunegeria’ (rabbit warren).

‘Capability’ Brown worked at Petworth for the 2nd Earl of Egremont from 1751 to 1764. His greatest achievement was said to be the serpentine lake, created by damming a series of small ponds. The lake is still fed by a mile of 18th-century underground brick culverts which tap the springs at the base of the western hills in the park.

Elizabeth The Golden Age

The first of two days away from studio down in the park at Petworth House filming a riding sequences with Elizabeth and Raleigh.

A rare treat today as we’re off on location and the weather is wonderful, which is all the more important as we are filming exteriors of a Royal riding party. This is a chance for Elizabeth and Raleigh to catch a private moment together, a brief instant away from court where the Queen can be out of earshot of the servants and courtiers who otherwise always surround her.

29 -30th June -Petworth, West Sussex
Justin Pollard, Historical Researcher