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Volume XII

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Brian and Moira Gittos with Lawrence Butler:
The Conservation of the Goldsborough Effigies A few months after the article on the effigies at Goldsborough was published, work began on their conservation. Both monuments were suffering from the effects of damp which had caused damage to the stone. In the case of the figure under the arched recess, this was localised at the north-east corner of the recess and the adjacent rear wall, where both the figure itself and the corner of the integral base slab were deteriorating. The figure on the tomb chest, on the south side of the chancel, did not appear to be affected but the tomb chest itself had already lost a great deal of its surface on the long side, with the stone blistering and flaking. This was of particular concern as it threatened the surviving painted figures in the niches on the side panels, the majority of which had already been lost.The conservation was placed with Harrison Hill and, in the late autumn of 1995 both effigies, part of the plinth of the northern figure and the tomb chest from the south side were taken to their workshop at Brigstock (Northamptonshire) for conservation.  Dr Lawrence Butler of the  Department of Archaeology, York University carried out archaeological recordings during the dismantling and removal. A copy of the interim report appears in Appendix 1. The authors visited the workshop (December 1995)to see the conservation work in progress and Goldsborough church (March 1996) to observe the evidence afforded by the absence of the effigies and tomb chest. The monuments were replaced later that year. The purpose of this paper is to record, and comment upon, the additional information which has become apparent as a result of this work.

John Coales: The Drawings of Roger de Gagnières: Loss and Survival
The drawings collected together by the French antiquary Roger de Gaignières (1642-1715) deserves to be better known by English scholars. The many drawings now preserved cover French funerary monuments and other objects of antiquarian interest. For us  the significance lies in the fact that they show French medieval monuments, the vast majority of which were destroyed or damaged in the Revolution of the late eighteenth century. The drawings, or copies of them, are now preserved in the collections of the Bodleian Library, Oxford and the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris. They have been published in the Gazette des Beaux-Arts in a miniature format which, whilst invaluable as a reference for students of the subject, hardly does them justice nor allows their full detail to be appreciated.

A study of the drawings shows that they are done by a number of hands and that the qu laity varies. Nonetheless they are of great value in determining the appearance of monuments in pre-Revolutionary times and their accuracy and value will be assessed in this paper. It will examine how they came to be collected together and preserved, though the majority were dispersed; what they show; how they were used in the restoration of the French Royal monuments at Saint-Dennis; and the copying of those in the Bodleian Library in the nineteenth century.

As this paper covers events of some two centuries it is of necessity much condensed. Those wishing to study the subject in depth are referred to the bibliography from where much of the information that follows has been obtained. To the best of my knowledge nothing has been published  regarding Gaignières on this side of the Atlantic. This is a brief outline of the history of the drawings and is capable of being explained more fully by further research.

Willem Bergé: Sculptors on the Move: Thomas Quellin in Denmark
Thomas Quellin delivered sculpture to the King of Denmark and to many members of the nobility, senior officers and rich merchants. The Czar of Russia even owned work by him. Whilst based in Copenhagen, Quillin might have seen himself as a temporary emigrant, an adequate designation of his status outside his homeland.

Ingrid Roscoe and Kenneth Hempel: The Refreshment of memory: Joseph Wilton's Byerley Monument, Restored

Alain Jacobs: Joseph Wilton's Nivelles Years and the influence of Laurent Delvaux

John Lord: Richard Hayward: An early and some late Commissions
Describes projected monument to the Massingberd family and the completed Carter-Thelwall memorials at Redbourne, Lincs.

Joan Coutu: Carving Histories: British Sculpture in the West Indies
Discusses the monuments to members of the planter aristocracy erected in the West Indies but commissioned from 'home' in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Louise Boreham: Louis Reid Deuchars – Collaboration with Sir Robert Lorimer Deuchars (1870-1927) supplied sculptural elements for numerous Scottish monuments designed by the architect Lorimer from 1911-17

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