Sir Frank Crisp, English lawyer, botanist and eccentric, 1890.
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Chromolithograph by Spy of Frank Crisp (1843-1919), the first owner of the home of the late Beatle George Harrison, Friar Park. Crisp designed Friar Park as a mixture of French Renaisance and Gothic architectural styles with an extensive garden featuring three lakes. The garden also contained a maze of caves, connected by an underground river, and housing items such as skeletons, mirrors and garden gnomes. Crisp was the inspiration for the song 'The Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp' on Harrison's 1970 solo album 'All Things Must Pas', the front cover of which depicts Harrison in the garden of Friar Park alongside some of Crisp's gnomes. From 'Vanity Fair' magazine. Dimensions: 400mm x 270mm.