Tomb of the Right Reverend Edward Stuart Talbot (1844-1934)

Model
ca. 1934 (made)
Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This plasticine effigy is probably the working model for the tomb of Edward Stuart Talbot (died 1934), the first Bishop of Southwark. His tomb in bronze and Hopton-wood stone was erected in the Chancel of Southwark Cathedral, London. The effigy depicts Talbot in episcopal robes with his hands clasped in prayer; at his feet are two lions and the Order of the Garter. On one side is the inscription citing the dates and areas in which he had been Bishop; on the other, the period he spent as Warden of Keble College, Oxford (1870-1888), and Chaplain Ordinary and Vicar and Rural Dean of Leeds (1889-1895) is noted. Three coats of arms are shown on each side, and a coat of arms is also depicted on each end.

Thomas (1885-1976) was an English sculptor and medallist. He trained under his father’s gem engraving business in London and at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London, where he also specialized in gem engraving. After 1918, when he exhibited sculpture at the Royal Academy for the first time, he became active in that field.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Wood, hardened plasticine and card
Brief Description
Model, wood, hardened plasticine and card, for tomb of Bishop Edward Stuart Talbot, by Cecil Thomas, England, ca. 1934
Physical Description
This seems to be a working model for a tomb. The effigy is portrayed in episcopal robes with his hands clasped in prayer. At his feet are two lions, and the Order of the Garter. On both side inscriptions. Three coats of arms on each side, and a coat of arms is also depicted on each of the ends.
Dimensions
  • Height: 5.5cm (incl base)
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'EDWARD STUART TALBOT / 1895 ROCHESTER 1905 / 1905 SOUTHWARK 1911 / 1911 WINCHESTER 1923' (on one side)
  • 'EDWARD STUART TALBOT / 1870 KEBLE 1888 / 1844-19344 / 1889 LEEDS 1895' (on the other side)
Credit line
Bequeathed by the artist
Object history
Bequeathed by the artist in 1978, together with a few other objects.
Subjects depicted
Summary
This plasticine effigy is probably the working model for the tomb of Edward Stuart Talbot (died 1934), the first Bishop of Southwark. His tomb in bronze and Hopton-wood stone was erected in the Chancel of Southwark Cathedral, London. The effigy depicts Talbot in episcopal robes with his hands clasped in prayer; at his feet are two lions and the Order of the Garter. On one side is the inscription citing the dates and areas in which he had been Bishop; on the other, the period he spent as Warden of Keble College, Oxford (1870-1888), and Chaplain Ordinary and Vicar and Rural Dean of Leeds (1889-1895) is noted. Three coats of arms are shown on each side, and a coat of arms is also depicted on each end.



Thomas (1885-1976) was an English sculptor and medallist. He trained under his father’s gem engraving business in London and at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London, where he also specialized in gem engraving. After 1918, when he exhibited sculpture at the Royal Academy for the first time, he became active in that field.
Bibliographic Reference
Bilbey, Diane with Trusted, Marjorie, British Sculpture 1470 to 2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2002, pp. 465-6
Collection
Accession Number
A.52-1978

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record createdJanuary 9, 2003
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