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Memorial tablet - In memory of John Stephen Crocket (d. 1507?)
  • In memory of John Stephen Crocket (d. 1507?)
    Turner, Laurence Arthur, born 1864 - died 1957
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In memory of John Stephen Crocket (d. 1507?)

  • Object:

    Memorial tablet

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1925 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Turner, Laurence Arthur, born 1864 - died 1957 (engraver)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Slate, gilded and coloured

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the British Institute of Industrial Art

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This tablet of 1925 memorialising someone who died in the early 16th century was the result of a report by a special committee of the British Institute of Industrial Art, that good examples of monumental art, both modern and historic, should be displayed in exhibitions organised by the Institute. Laurence Arthur Turner (1864-1957) was a Fellow of the Institute, as well as a Past Master of the Art Workers Guild. At the British Empire Exhibition held at Wembley, London, in 1924, Turner exhibited a plaster model of the arms of Queen Elizabeth I for Liberty's new building, and he was also involved in the supervision of a room decorated in the style of 1888. He initially studied at the Kennington School of Art. He was an accomplished wood carver and was often employed by church architects: he carved William Morris's tomb at Kelmscott, designed by Philip Webb.

Physical description

Memorial tablet, slate, arched top with incised lettering and decorative border, gilded and coloured.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1925 (made)


Turner, Laurence Arthur, born 1864 - died 1957 (engraver)

Materials and Techniques

Slate, gilded and coloured

Marks and inscriptions

'IN MEMORY OF/JOHN STEPHEN/CROCKET/The records of this building/revealed, that it was his skill/and humour to which we are/indebted for the inimitable/stone carving of this chapel./He was buried near here in/1507'


Height: 52.6 cm, Width: 38.2 cm

Object history note

Presented to the British Institute of Industrial Art by the artist in 1925. Given by the B.I.I.A. to the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1934 together with Mus. no. A.48-1934. Transferred from the Department of Architecture and Sculpture (later Sculpture Department) to Bethnal Green Museum in 1936, but returned in 1976.

Descriptive line

Memorial tablet, slate, gilded and coloured, in memory of John Stephen Crocket, by Laurence Arthur Turner, England, 1925

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

Bilbey, Diane with Trusted, Marjorie, British Sculpture 1470 to 2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2002, 522 p., ISBN 1-85177-395-9.




Gilded; Coloured


Sculpture; Death


Sculpture Collection

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