Artistic look at life inside Somerleyton Hall

Artist Louisa Marcq with her dog Lady Lexington PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Artist Louisa Marcq with her dog Lady Lexington PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

An artist's autobiography based on life growing up in Somerleyton Hall has been released in a collection of quirky and humorous lamps.

The curious world of Lady Lexington by Suffolk illustrator Louisa Marcq.PHOTO: Nick Butcher

The curious world of Lady Lexington by Suffolk illustrator Louisa Marcq.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

The Curious World of Lady Lexington is a series of 23 stories told not by artist Louisa Marcq, but through her much loved Pekingese, Lady Lexington – in a perfect combination of pen and pooch.

A successful launch for the illuminating observations, of daily hijinks and frolics of a dog's life, took place at Louisa's studio near Beccles on March 23.

Mrs Marcq said: 'It was great day and very well attended, people really liked my work and commented on the original idea. Lady Lexington enjoyed the day sitting on her pouf, lapping up the attention.'

Between 20 to 30 visitors came to view Louisa's illustrations – many of whom took away with them either a lamp or framed print from the Lady Lexington series.


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Mrs Marcq, the youngest daughter of the late Lord Somerleyton, added: 'The inspiration came from talking to What Associates in Ipswich, they asked me to talk about myself and I must have spoken about my dog more than anything else!

'As an artist you look for a catalyst for an idea and telling stories through the eyes of Lady Lexington provided just that.'

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Louisa's family has a long heritage of world-class interior design – Sir Francis Crossley, the inventor of the carpet steam-loom and founder of Crossley Carpets, was her great-great-great-grandfather.

'I have many fond memories growing up at Somerleyton Hall and my drawings are a tribute to these times,' Mrs Marcq added.

'Lady Lexington's adventures and observations are of course fantasy and loosely based of life in a stately home.'

Lady Lexington lamps can be found at participating retailers and online at www.ladylexington.com

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