Visit to British Museum

Phillip.Lindley | January 9, 2012

On 9 December 2011, I was able to visit the British Museum to see the two panels representing a (presumably Old Testament) king and an Old Testament Prophet which Professor Richard Marks convincingly associated with the tombs of the third Howard duke (d. 1554) and his son-in-law, Henry VIII’s natural son, Henry Duke of Richmond (d. 1536) at Framlingham (Archaeological Journal, 141 (1984), p. 261).  The two panels, whose accession numbers are 1866-9-8.1 and 2Phillip Lindley at British Museum with a panel from Thetford Priory, have what must be their original position marks (to indicate their correct assembly location – as opposed to masons’ marks, which identify the work of the individual mason) on their top surfaces.  They were probably to be positioned next to one another or (I’m not absolutely sure, because one of the marks has been damaged) less probably, diagonally across from one another on either side of a monument.  They were presented to the British Museum in 1866 by Sir John Evans (d. 1928) father of Joan Evans, the first female president of the Society of Antiquaries.

The panels weigh roughly 14kg each so Nishad, armed with this information and the panels’ dimensions, will be able to tell me how much the large figures of apostles on the third duke’s tomb each weigh (and thus what kind of problems will have been posed in bringing them to Framlingham from Thetford).


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