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The Lamport Gnome
The Lamport Gnome
The Lamport Gnome
The Lamport Gnome
The Lamport Gnome
The Lamport Gnome
The Lamport Gnome
The Lamport Gnome
The Lamport Gnome
The Lamport Gnome
The Lamport Gnome
The Lamport Gnome
The Lamport Gnome
The Lamport Gnome

Photo credit: Lamport Hall

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The Lamport Gnome is the oldest garden gnome in the world. Imported from Nuremberg by Sir Charles Isham, 10th Baronet, gnomes were originally owned as house ornaments and as good luck tokens by miners. Sir Charles populated his rockery with a workforce of his ‘little people’, and the garden gnome was born. Of 150 gnomes originally imported, this is the only survivor, saved from the ravages of the war and the weather by falling into one of the crevices. A highly popular figure, the Lamport Gnome has travelled to Singapore, Australia and New Zealand where he is regarded as the most venerated of those Guarding Naturally Over Mother Earth (G.N.O.M.E.).

Lamport Hall

Lamport


Date

c.1870

Medium

plaster, polychrome & wood

Measurements

H 15 x W 6 x D 6 cm;
Plinth: H 9 x W 9 x D 8 cm

Accession number

ARTUK_037

Acquisition method

transferred from Nuremburg by Sir Charles Isham, 10th Baronet

Work type

Statue


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Normally on display at

Lamport Hall

Lamport, Northamptonshire NN6 9HD England

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