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Henry VII.'s Tomb

Henry VII.'s Tomb

Photographer: Harrington, John

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: J/10350.h.10

Item number: 23

Length: 17.2

Width: 11.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Interior of the Lady chapel built by Henry VII at Westminster Abbey from 1503-1519. The banners of the Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath surround its walls and behind the altar are buried Henry VII and his consort Elizabeth of York.

"The Tomb is of black marble, and contains effigies of Henry and Elizabeth his queen. It was set up by Torregiano, the Florentine sculptor, at a cost of £1000. It was formerly ornamented with numerous images of Saints in copper gilt, but these disappeared at the Reformation. Figures of SS. Edward, Bartholomew, Basil, James, John the Evangelist, and George, however, still remain on the Screen, which formerly had 36 such statues; and on the Tomb itself are images of SS. Mary, Michael, John Baptist, John the Evangelist, George, Antony, and Mary Magdalene."

Descriptive letterpress by John Harrington of Brighton from the book 'The Abbey and Palace of Westminster'

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