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Old 22-10-2011, 06:18 PM
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Good afternoon dear Friends

A 2m x 1m "preparation board", a Victorian Mansion and a Garden Pavillion and lots of A3 blank paper sheets is how it all started.

A blank canvas for my imagination and ideas to make a one year dream become a reality : a Victorian Summer Garden Party.

It took me a year to complete the decors and the scenery both inside and outside including the Grand Gardens, the Vegetable Garden, the Summer Pavillion, the Victorian Kitchen, the Grand Room & Conservatory and of course Regent St.

Half way through the project, my Friend Gaston ( Tonguello ) offered to create a custom made character to fit the list of prestigious Guests to attend the Social Event of the Victorian Season.

One thing leading to another and inspired by Gaston's excellent idea, I posted quite a long list of the Staff & Guest Stars due to appear in the victorian tale and I was soon submerged with offers to create custom made characters to match the guest list.

Over the following months, I received parcels from many of my Friends from as far as Argentina, USA, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Greece, France and of course UK.

As an introduction to the Summer Garden Party, I would like to present the colourful characters who's tribulations you will follow in this thread in the months to come.

I created my first winter tale back in 2009, followed by tales on a Autumn theme but the Summer Garden Party is by far my most achieved work so far and the wonderful custom made characters created by my Friends have really inspired me to go the extra mile, a few hundred extra miles, that is

I hope you will enjoy this victorian tale and the tribulations of my ever happy little Victorians

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Old 22-10-2011, 06:26 PM
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The Cast & Guest Stars of Summer Garden Party on Regent St

Milady de Winter created by my Friend Gis from the Netherlands





The evil and deadly seductress from Alexandre Dumas novel "The Three Musketeers" is being played by Eleanora Duse, the most famous Italian actress of her time and archrival of Sarah Bernhardt. Her beauty was legendary and so was her appetite for men and fashion. She was simply known as "Duse"

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Old 22-10-2011, 06:31 PM
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The Cast & Guest Stars of Summer Garden Party on Regent St

Sarah Bernhardt created by my Friend Lazoutte from France





Still celebrated today as one of the greatest actresses of all times, the Divine Sarah as she was known was legendary on both sides of the Atlantic. Her incredible beauty and talent filled theatres in Europe and America. As the world was running short of superlatives to describe the Divine Sarah, she decided that money was far too common for her fees and demanded to be paid in sumptuous jewels which will not fail to attract certain predators in tuxedo

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Lady Hortensia Van den Hesse created by my Friend Tonguello ( Gaston ) from Argentina





Lady Van den Hesse is the queen of high society and is celebrated from New York to London and Paris. Born from a wealthy family in Buenos Aires ( Argentina ) she now defines etiquette wherever she goes and is feared accordingly as one word from her can make or break a reputation. Her impeccable taste for organising lavish parties is well known and this summer garden party on Regent St should be no exception. She is the Aunt of Lady Charlotte Waldorf Astor

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Lady Charlotte Waldorf Astor created by myFriend Emma Jane from England





Lady Charlotte was born Waldorf and later married into the prominent Astor family. We catch up with her as she returns from New York on the latest Cunard Steamer to prepare the opening of the Summer Season in London. Her husband, Lord John Rudolph Astor is still in New York working on his latest business venture : the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

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Queen Victoria created by my Friend Emma Jane from England





Her most gracious Majesty will enchant the Guests at the high tea served in the gardens by her royal presence

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The Three Musketeers created by my Friend Jean-Mi from France





These joyous Three Musketeers are amongst the most famous and easily recognizable characters of all times !

Athos played by Henry Irving

Portos played by James Crew

Aramis played by Charles Kelly

These 3 Gentlemen are amongst the finest Actors of the Victorian era

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Cardinal de Richelieu created by my Friend Erika from France





"Bring me the head of d'Artagnan on a silver platter" !

The evil Cardinal de Richelieu from Alexandre Dumas novel The Three Musketeers is played by the talented victorian actor Martin Harvey.

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Jayson is the Mansion Porter and occasionally Driver and with the arrival of all these celebrities, needless to say that he will be a busy boy

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Arsene Lupin created by my Friend Erika from France





Arsene Lupin indulging in his two passions : beautiful Women and exquisite jewels

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