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Plaster cast - Weepers from the tomb of John of Eltham, Earl of Cornwall
  • Weepers from the tomb of John of Eltham, Earl of Cornwall
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Weepers from the tomb of John of Eltham, Earl of Cornwall

  • Object:

    Plaster cast

  • Place of origin:

    London, England (sculpted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1340 (sculpted)
    ca. 1850-1900 (cast)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (after, production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plaster cast

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Architectural Association

  • Museum number:

    REPRO.A.1916-307

  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, room 46A. Objects in 'case BWITH' are available via appointment with the Sculpture department, case WWAL, shelf S

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There are two sorts of alabaster. Calcite alabaster is very hard and was used in ancient times. This object is made of gypsum alabaster which is a fine-grained, soft and smooth stone. Although at first glance it looks a little like marble, which it was intended to imitate, it was much easier to carve due to its softness, and alabaster objects were therefore significantly cheaper to produce. Marble does not originate in England, so it was imported if needed, whereas in the 15th century there were important alabaster quarries in Nottingham, York, Burton-on-Trent and London. England was a major centre for the production of objects such as this one. During period, they were exported in very large numbers to Europe where they survive, unlike many examples which remained in England and were destroyed or greatly damaged during the Reformation.

This plaster cast of Weepers, carved in alabaster, from the tomb of John of Eltham, Earl of Cornwall (d. 1334) in Westminster Abbey.

Physical description

Plaster cast of Weepers, carved in alabaster, from the tomb of John of Eltham, Earl of Cornwall (d. 1334) in Westminster Abbey.

Place of Origin

London, England (sculpted)

Date

ca. 1340 (sculpted)
ca. 1850-1900 (cast)

Artist/maker

Unknown (after, production)

Materials and Techniques

Plaster cast

Dimensions

Height: 550 cm, Length: 93.5 cm

Object history note

Given by the Architectural Association in 1916

Descriptive line

Plaster cast of Weepers, carved in alabaster, from the tomb of John of Eltham, Earl of Cornwall (d. 1334) in Westminster Abbey, ca. 1340, cast ca. 1850-1900

Subjects depicted

Figures (representations); Mourning

Categories

Sculpture; Architecture; Death

Collection code

SCP

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