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Friday, 26 July, 2002, 16:44 GMT 17:44 UK
Beckham joins ancient gods
The Beckham portrait arrives to go on display
David Beckham has taken his place among the gods and goddesses of the ancient world at one of Britain's greatest 18th Century landscape parks.

A life-size canvas painting of the England football captain has been placed in the pantheon at Stourhead.

The portrait, showing the Manchester United star in full England strip with arms raised in triumph, now stands next to a sculpture of Hercules.

Head gardener Richard Higgs said: "The garden in the 18th Century echoed with references to heroes and gods of the ancient world.

Modern-day hero

"This is a philosophy we have brought to the 21st Century by placing a modern-day hero alongside these classical models."

Visitors to the National Trust property in south Wiltshire will be able to see how the garden looked more than 200 years ago.

Features that have been lost for more than two centuries are being recreated as dramatic sets to show how the garden was conceived.

Paintings and drawings in the house have been used to help construct two-dimensional models and murals of original buildings which have disappeared.


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