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garden gnome

A small figurative sculpture, usually painted in bright colours, of a gnome. The gnome is a mythical being that features in folk tales in northern Europe and is usually depicted as a very small bearded man in a pointed hat. Garden gnomes, made in Germany, were first introduced to Britain in the mid 19th century at Lamport Hall in Northamptonshire.

 garden gnome, Lamport Hall, Northamptonshire, England

Photograph of one of the original garden gnomes at Lamport Hall, Northamptonshire, England.  Photograph copyright:  Lamport Hall Preservation Trust, 2008.