This beautiful sculpture was created in 1874 by Giovanni Battista Lombardi in Rome. It depicts the biblical story of Susannah and the Elders which appears in the Old Testament in the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches. Susannah is a Jewish wife in Babylon where she is secretly watched by two trusted and powerful elders as she bathes in her garden. The two men jump out at her and try to blackmail her by saying that they will tell her husband she has cheated on him if she doesn’t sleep with them.
The Edison Wax Cylinders
These wax cylinders are held in the collection at Preston Park Museum and Grounds and are a fascinating insight into how our ancestors listened to music. This was the beginning of the commercial trade of pre-recorded music from some of the favourite performers of the time. Even better they could listen to theses performances in the comfort of their own homes.