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A Pair of Irish Wolfhounds

The Legend of Gelert

In the 13th century, Llewelyn, prince of North Wales, had a palace at Beddgelert. One day he went hunting without Gelert, “The Faithful Hound”, who was unaccountably absent.

On Llewelyn’s return the truant, stained and smeared with blood, joyfully sprang to meet his master.  The prince, alarmed, hastened to find his son and saw the infant’s cot empty, the bedclothes and floor covered with blood.

The frantic father plunged his sword into the hound’s side, thinking it had killed his heir.  The dog’s dying yell was answered by a child’s cry.

Llewelyn searched and discovered the boy unharmed but nearby lay the body of a mighty wolf which Gelert had slain.

The prince, filled with remorse, is said never to have smiled again.

The wolfhounds are made from reconstituted stone, and each wears a mighty solid bronze collar.

Wolfhound base 98cm (3' 2 6/10") x 75cm (2' 4 7/10")
Ground to top of head is 120cm (3' 11 2/10")
Back of base to tip of nose is 116cm (3' 9 7/10")
Weight of one wolfhound 400kg
Weight of one brick plinth 300kg
Size of plinth 90cm (2' 11 4/10") x 70cm (2' 3 6/10")

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Work by Carn Standing
Photography by Tim Barker