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A tomb on Oronsay, 1772 f.47

A tomb on Oronsay, 1772 f.47

Artist: Cleveley Junr, John

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1772

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15509

Item number: f.47

Length: 25

Width: 16.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Drawing of a tomb slab found "under an arch near the S E corner of the Great Church, Oransay", drawn by John Cleveley, junior, after a sketch taken on August 8th 1772. Oronsay Priory has an important collection of medieval carved gravestones. 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. From c.1500 to 1560 a new style developed, at the monumental workshop at Oronsay itself. This particular tomb shows a sword with galley above it. Around the sword are foliage patterns, hounds and other animals.

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