SIMON CASSON

Ablement and Ablish

The Renovated Belmond Cadogan Hotel in London is steeped in Oscar Wilde History

Architecture Digest April 2019 issue
by Elizabeth Stamp

Contemporary art and design elements, such as sculpture lighting, bring the hotel in the 21st century and give a nod to its cultured location. “Adorning our walls are 430 pieces of original artwork, by mainly Britiah artists.” says Kabelitz. ” One striking piece is the lobby, above the hand – carved reception desk. An original piece by Simon Casson, the piece depicts the history of the Cadogan Estate and is certainly a talking point  for guests when checking in.”

Ablement and Ablish

Oil on canvas, 135 x 125 cm

The title refers to the old English dialect words for strong, academic hard work and the sense of pushing forward intellectually.
The painting has the moth (now extincted) named for Sir Hans Sloane in the bottom left of the canvas. It also has the deer that the clients loved in the middle of the composition, from a time when London was still wild. The painted section top right is the old gatehouse view of the British Museum founded by Sloane. His daughter sips hot chocolate on which his fortune is founded. Botanival drawings feature, referring to his academic studies and the ship harks back to his travels abroad, striving to discover.