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NOTES & QUERIES
Any queries about any aspects of church monuments -
Query from Jessica Rosenthal McGrath of the National Portrait Gallery and Swansea University:
'I am a Collaborative Doctoral Award student at the National Portrait Gallery and
Swansea University under the supervision of Tarnya Cooper and Regina Poertner. My
PhD thesis is entitled 'Redeeming Death: Mortality, Portraiture and the Quest for
Salvation in Tudor England and Wales,' and my focus is on post-
I am currently trying to track down as many of these portraits as possible and, as such, I was wondering if the Church Monuments Society might operate some kind of message board or newsletter where I would be able to post a request for information? I would be delighted and most grateful to hear from your members if they have any leads and I hope that this might lead to fruitful discussion.'
Please reply to the Society's Secretary (address under CMS Members -
The photograph shows the tomb of Anthony Forster (ob. 1572), of Walter Scott's Kenilworth fame, and his wife Ann (ob 1599), in the chancel of St Michael's Church, Cumnor, Oxfordshire (formerly Berkshire). Dr Impey of English Heritage would be very interested in any views or advice on the following:
1. Could this have been made for or by Forster in or around 1572, or it likely to be early, made in preparation for his decease? (if the latter it can't really be before 1558 when he came to Cumnor)
2. The inscription is clear that Ann Forster is buried in or near it. Given the style of the thing, which I take to be more or less inconceivable in or after 1599, is it probably that the inscription which tells us about Forster (the same piece of metal in the same hand) was prepared after Forster's death but well before hers?
3. The tomb is fairly standard late-
4. Other examples of the pure gothic version.
It is structurally all of a piece (not adapted) and certainly made new for Forster, as his badges appear all over it.
Any help would be gratefully received and acknowledged, in an eventual publication on the Medieval and Tudor Cumnor Place.
Dr Impey may be contacted:
Dr Edward Impey
Director of Research and Standards
1 Waterhouse Square
London EC1N 2ST
tel: 020 7973 3313
fax: 020 7973 3546
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