Diana the huntress

Here she is - Diana the huntress, cast by Jean-Antoine Houdon, who was a friend of Benjamin Franklin when Franklin was minister to France.

Diana faces the Nemours mansion, one of the best views in the joint. Her temple roof has been redone, and the ceiling returned to its proper color, a creamy, light yellow. While we were admiring all this, we noticed a mother robin sitting on a nest nestled near the ceiling, one of many bird sightings we had.


You can see the nest, if not the mom, in this photo.

Grace says the restoration folks took a blow torch to Diana's head (hmmm, I can think of a few people I'd like to "restore" that way!) to melt the cold wax that had been applied. Once melted, it was spread all over her body. (Hmmm again. That sounds delightful, no?)

"It was a little disconcerting to see flames flying around Diana's head," Grace recalls.