Shugborough Hall

The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail mentions a monument at Shugborough Hall, Staffordshire, England, which reproduces Nicolas Poussin's Les Bergers d'Arcadie (also known as Et in Arcadia Ego) in mirror image. The following two pictures show the monument in situ, in the gardens at Shugborough Hall, as well as a close up of the 'picture' area. The building of this monument was commissioned by Admiral Lord Anson in the 18th century.

The location of the monument Close up image of the monument
(Click on the close up image to get a full screen image of the monument)

The following letters appear on an inscription below the picture :

D  O.U.O.S.V.A.V.V.  M
The meaning of these letters has never been satisfactorily explained

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