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A tomb on Oronsay, 1772 f.45

A tomb on Oronsay, 1772 f.45

Artist: Cleveley Junr., John

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1772

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15509

Item number: f.45

Length: 26.2

Width: 17.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

A drawing of a tomb slab on Oronsay, "near the south wall of Macdufies chapel", by John Cleveley, junior, in 1772. The Macduffies were one of the local landowning families, and supplied many of the priors and canons for Oronsay Priory. Distinctive styles of sculpture developed here under the patronage of the Lord of the Isles. The earlier gravestones were the product of the Iona school (14th to 15th century), which characteristically used foliage decoration. After the end of the Lordship of the Isles and the loss of independence of Iona Abbey in the late 15th century, a new style developed. From c.1500 to 1560 there was the Oronsay school of monumental sculpture. This particular tapered tomb slab shows a sword with inscription above it. Around the sword are foliage patterns and animals: a horse and lion.

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