The Funeral Effigies of Westminster Abbey
Anthony Harvey, Richard Mortimer
Boydell Press, 1994 - Art - 201 pages
The death mask of Edward III dates back to the beginnings of portraiture in medieval Europe; other fine examples include representations of Henry VII, Charles II, Pitt and Nelson. The collection is also remarkable for its rare historical costumes, including Charles II's Garter robes, Nelson's hat, extraordinary Georgian paste jewellery, rare early silks and shoes, and probably the oldest stuffed bird in England. In the first substantial publication on the collection since 1936, some objects are catalogued for the first time since their restoration after damage in the Second World War; an account of this restoration is included in the catalogue, which also contains a full treatment of the significance of each effigy in royal funeral ceremonial and in the history of art.
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