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Relief - Mourning figures

Mourning figures

  • Object:

    Relief

  • Place of origin:

    France (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gray limestone

  • Museum number:

    905-1906

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This 19th-century grouping of mourning figures beneath an arcade appears to follow analogous compositions of Weepers seen on the sides of French 14th-century tombs.

However, the generalised nature of the architectural setting, the inaccurate details of the dress and the somewhat sentimental expressions and poses of the figures suggest that this is a Gothic revival pastiche. A composition for a particular setting is here used on a panel that has no clear function or context.

A pastiche is an artistic piece, consisting wholly or partly of motifs or techniques borrowed from another source.

Physical description

The figures, alternately male and female, wear 15th century costume. The summits of the traceried arches are filled with blank shields. The arramgement suggests figures of mourners at the end or side of a tomb.

Place of Origin

France (probably, made)

Date

ca. 19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gray limestone

Dimensions

Height: 54.61 cm, Width: 101.6 cm

Object history note

Given by J. H. Fitzhenry, Esq.

Historical context note

The composition of figures beneath an arcade appears to follow a convention used on the sides of French 14th century tombs. However, the generalised nature of the architectural setting, the inaccurate details of the dress and the somewhat sentimental expressions and poses of the figures suggest that this is a Gothic revival pastiche. A composition for a particular setting is here used on a panel that has no clear function or context.

Descriptive line

Relief, limestone, figures beneath an arcade, probably French, probably 19th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in the Years 1905 - 1908. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum, During the Year 1906, Arranged According to the Dates of Acquisition with Appendix and Indices. London: Printed for His Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, 1909, p. 152

Labels and date

The composition of figures beneath an arcade appears to follow a convention used on the sides of French 14th century tombs. However, in generalised nature of the architectural setting, the inaccurate details of the dress and the somewhat sentimental expressions and poses of the figures suggest that this is a Gothic revival pastiche. A composition for a particular setting is here used on a panel that has no clear function or context. []

Materials

Limestone

Subjects depicted

Figures; Shields

Categories

Reliefs; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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