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Tomb effigy - Queen Eleanor of Castile

Queen Eleanor of Castile

  • Object:

    Tomb effigy

  • Place of origin:

    Westminster (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1291-1293 (made)
    ca. 1858 (cast)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Torel, William (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plaster cast

  • Museum number:

    REPRO.1858:1, 2-277

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This plaster cast after the original gilt bronze effigy of Queen Eleanor of Castile, first wife of Edward I (1241-90), by William Torel, ca. 1291-3 from the Confessor's Chapel, Westminster Abbey, London

After Eleanor's death in Harby, Lincolnshire, her body was transported with great pomp to Westminster. At the twelve resting-places of the funeral bier, 'Eleanor Crosses' were erected, each one displaying images of the Queen. Only three of these still survive, at Geddington, Hardingstone (Northampton) and Waltham.

Physical description

Plaster cast, after the original gilt bronze effigy of Queen Eleanor of Castile, first wife of Edward I (1241-90), by William Torel, ca. 1291-3 from the Confessor's Chapel, Westminster Abbey, London

Place of Origin

Westminster (made)

Date

ca. 1291-1293 (made)
ca. 1858 (cast)

Artist/maker

Torel, William (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Plaster cast

Dimensions

Length: 213.5 cm, Width: 77 cm

Object history note

Acquired in 1858, further details of acquisition unrecorded

Historical context note

After Eleanor's death in Harby, Lincolnshire, her body was transported with great pomp to Westminster. At the twelve resting-places of the funeral bier, 'Eleanor Crosses' were erected, each one displaying images of the Queen. Only three of these still survive, at Geddington, Hardingstone (Northampton) and Waltham: the figures from the Waltham Cross are presently on loan to the Museum.

Descriptive line

Plaster cast of tomb effigy of Queen Eleanor of Castile, original by William Torel in the Confessor's Chapel, Westminster Abbey, 1291-3; cast ca. 1858

Production Note

Plaster cast reproduction of original in gilt bronze by William Torel in Westminster Abbey

Subjects depicted

Sepulchral monuments

Categories

Sculpture; Architecture; Religion; Christianity

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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