|Hanwell Castle - Jago Stone (c.1975)|
Like I said in an earlier email, one of my fondest childhood memories was him Making a painting of a Lego spaceship that I had created. I was so fascinated by how he didn’t draw all the studs of the pieces, just a few, but you still knew what it was. I’ll never forget both being fascinated at his technique, as well as seeing my spaceship in artist form.
Now *that* was a Jago Stone original. I see lots of paintings that look like the ones he did for my family, but I’ve never seen another one of Lego. Definitely one of a kind. Alas, unfortunately one that is lost to the ages.
my brother Chris’s house. This is Hanwell Castle in Oxfordshire. We
actually had the fortune to rent this place, and for only 100 pounds a
month, which at the time was equivalent to US$240. We rented it from
a professor John L Buxton who was away and just wanted somebody to
watch the place while he was gone. Wow my brother has the painting, I
have the original lease.
The only requirement was that we washed the linens which were pretty
substantial hanging in the great Hall. That and we weren’t allowed up
in the turrets, I guess for safety reasons.
We actually have stories about it being haunted that were corroborated
by the groundskeeper as well as a young couple, Barry and Nicki, who
were staying in the stable houses there. But the main property, the 30
rooms, that was us.
If you are continuing to do this, Jago actually spent a lot of time at our house, and my mom has tons of stories to share. First between 75 and 77, then again when we went back between 80 and 83. My mom even knew his girlfriend who later became his wife as she spent time at our place too.
Again, don’t know if this information is too little too late, or would’ve ended up on the editing room Floor considering the impressive contacts you apparently did make while researching the book. Still, let me know I’m happy to share. I’m sure even a phone conversation with my mom talking about him might help shed some light on other aspects not yet covered.
PS, forgive any typos and such. I dictated this with my voice on my phone.
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|Signature and date - Jago Stone - Christmas, 1980|