A carved wood group depicting the murder of King Edward the Martyr at Corfe Castle
Carved lime wood
18 ¾ × 25 ¾ inches · 477 × 654 mm
In a rectangular parcel-gilt and black-painted wood and glass case a verre églomisé plaque inscribed: EDWARD The Martyr and ELFRIDA History of England R. Carpenter, Fecit BATH. 1810.
Signed, inscribed and dated in ink on the backboard: Robt Carpenter fecit Bath... 1810.
Also variously inscribed on the case:
a) Sarah Palmer Carpenter and Anne Carpenter the gift of their beloved father March the 29th 1820 (in pencil)
b) S Palmer & Anne Carpenter the gift of their dear dear father/ ........ Seymour Street
c) Edward the Martyr (in pencil)
Sarah Palmer and Anne Carpenter, a gift from their father in 1820;
Probably James Taylor (d. 1832) of 60 Wimpole Street, London, and 30 Royal Crescent, Bath;
Probably his daughters Francis Taylor Blathwayt (of Dyrham Park) and Laura Taylor Atkinson,
and thence by descent to 2011.
Possibly in France in the nineteenth century on the basis of a fragment of a label on the case.
Edward Morris (ed.), British Sculpture in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Liverpool, 1999, pp. 6-7.
Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama
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