A 230-year-old historic statue of the water nymph Sabrina has been vandalized, the British conservation organization National Trust reports. The artwork depicting a reclining Sabrina, a water nymph from Welsh fairy tales, was found completely covered in scribbles on April 9.
The image was defaced following an Easter event at historic Croome Court where children visiting the manor house and gardens were given a pack of crayons, according to the BBC.
Bright blue chalk markings were scribbled on the face, arms and torso of the statue in Croome, Worcester. The unidentified vandals also drew from a nearby plaque commemorating Lancelot Capability Brown, an 18th-century British landscape architect.
John Bacon sculpted the statue of Sabrina around 1802, according to the National Trust. Carved from Coade stone, the statue is located in a cave that was originally decorated with exotic shells, coral, and gemstones.
“We are appalled that this has happened. Disappointing as they are, incidents like this are very rare given the millions of visitors who enjoy and respect the places under our care,” a National Trust spokesman said in a statement .
The National Trust removed the markers four days later on Thursday 13 April. The spokesperson added that the markings had been removed from the Sabrina statue with mild detergent and that the organization was cleaning the Brown memorial.
The incident required the time and consultation of conservators, as well as the garden and outdoor manager who cleaned the statue and memorial. Fortunately, the accommodation was able to remove the chalk from the statue without the help of external cleaners or expensive specialist materials, “said the spokesperson.
The Trust has not identified who is responsible for the defacements.