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The funeral effigies housed of their personal quarters within the Norman undercroft are the most awesome but little-known treasures of Westminster abbey. They derive from a time whilst an effigy of the useless monarch, statesman or nationwide hero performed an enormous half in funeral ritual, supplying a visual likeness as a spotlight to the ceremonial of the funeral. strangely relocating whilst collected jointly, this unforeseen pantheon of celebrities contains notable medieval wooden effigies and later wax figures in modern garments. one of the distinctive and significant crew of portrait busts, the dying masks of Edward III (1377) dates again to the beginnings of portraiture in medieval Europe; different wonderful examples contain Henry VII, Charles II, Pitt, and Nelson. the gathering is usually outstanding for its infrequent ancient costumes, together with Charles II's Garter gowns, Nelson's hat, striking Georgian paste jewelry, infrequent early silks and sneakers, and doubtless the oldest crammed fowl in England. a few gadgets are illustrated during this ebook for the 1st time, others in view that their harm within the final battle and next recovery. An account of the recovery, a historical past of the gathering, and a dialogue of the importance of every item accompany the exact descriptions of the effigies. This richly illustrated ebook is the 1st colossal booklet at the funeral effigies of Westminster Abbey in view that 1936, The services of a wonderful crew of overseas experts has been drawn upon for this booklet; they're JANET ARNOLD, PATRICIA BLACKETT BARBER, CLAUDE BLAIR, SHIRLEY BURY, HUBERT CHESSHYRE, AVRIL HART, ANTHONY HARVEY, VALERIE KAUFMAN, SHEILA LANDI, JOHN LARSON, SANTINA LEVEY, PHILLIP LINDLEY, JULIAN LITTEN, RICHARD MORTIMER, NATALIE K.A. ROTHSTEIN, JUNE SWANN.

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24 The fragments which Carter shows on the floor include the shield, helmet and saddle of Henry V, in front of the shield ‘part of an arm, a foot, a hand and a contrivance for hipps’. ‘On the ground beyond the saddle is part of a cap and a foot’. ’25 So far we have compared the eight standing figures and one head of 1786 with the collection in 1907, using the 1907 identifications. The collection had not altered significantly between those dates, and there had been little deterioration except to James and Prince Henry, and to Edward III’s costume.

1; see below, pl. VI. Vertue, 158. Hope, pl. LXV nos. 1, 2. THE HISTORY OF THE COLLECTION be Edward III, with robes to suit the period; he was described by Vertue as ‘his head plaster some of his hair black, and long beard still on. His nose long. ’24 The fragments which Carter shows on the floor include the shield, helmet and saddle of Henry V, in front of the shield ‘part of an arm, a foot, a hand and a contrivance for hipps’. ‘On the ground beyond the saddle is part of a cap and a foot’. ’25 So far we have compared the eight standing figures and one head of 1786 with the collection in 1907, using the 1907 identifications.

WAM Burial Book ii (1728–55), no 141. 70 15 Gentleman’s Magazine xxxix (1769), 461. The obituary to Honoretta Pratt records that the duchess of Buckingham ‘prevailed on her to accompany the young duke, her son, when his declining state of health made it necessary for him to go abroad; he died while he was under her care’. T and N, 185. THE FUNERAL EFFIGIES OF WESTMINSTER ABBEY On learning of the death of her son, the Duchess started to plan a magnificent funeral for him. Obviously, there was to be an effigy, and Mrs Pratt had already seen to the primary stages of this.

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