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Relief - The Last Judgement

The Last Judgement

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1680 - ca. 1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Tomson, John (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The present piece was probably not intended as an independent relief but belonged to a series. Departmental records suggest that it was accompanied by a set of six small rectangular reliefs depicting scenes from the Life of Christ and one larger relief of the Nativity. Little is known about the artist who signed the relief although stylistically similar pieces are to be seen in churches in the City of London. A 'John Thompson' was documented as a mason working at a number of city churches, and may be identical with this 'John Tomson.'.

Physical description

Relief, boxwood, on a kidney shaped panel. Above, in the middle is the seated figure of God surrounded by cherubim with trumpets. To his right is the Virgin, and to his left our Lord, each accompanied by six apostles. Below, in the middle, stands the winged figure of the archangel Badriel. Below, to the right, are souls of the damned, to the left those of the blessed above whom is a cherub bearing an inscribed ribbon. In a contemporary moulded wooden frame.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1680 - ca. 1700 (made)


Tomson, John (maker)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

inscribed on the ribbon of the cherub

signed on the cover of a tomb on the left


Height: 13 cm, Length: 61 cm

Object history note

Purchased from Mr. J. F da C. Andrade, Brook Street London, in 1932 for £7.

Descriptive line

Relief, boxwood, The Last Judgement, by John Tomson, England, ca. 1680-1700

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

cf.Royal Commission on Historical Monuments London. IV (The City). 1929. pl, 140.
Bilbey, Diane with Trusted, Marjorie. British Sculpture 1470 to 2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: V& A Publications, 2002. pp. 20. cat. no. 23





Subjects depicted

Cherubim; Trumpets; Tomb


Sculpture; Reliefs


Sculpture Collection

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