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Wall Paintings of Eton

Emily Howe, Henrietta McBurney, David Park, Stephen Rickerby, Lisa Shekede

ISBN: 978 1 85759 787 5
Size: 210 x 270 mm / 10.5 x 8.25 in.
Binding: hardback
Pages: 192
Images: 210

UK £35.00 / US $55.00

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Winner of the 2013 William MB Berger Prize for British Art History: 'The production was perfect, the scholarship outstanding'
  • Combines existing knowledge about the wall paintings with the findings of recently commissioned scientific analysis
  • First book on these important works since M. R. James's seminal publication The Frescoes in the Chapel at Eton College published over 100 years ago

DESCRIPTION

The paintings which adorn the lower walls of the chapel at Eton College are arguably the most important surviving late-medieval murals in Northern Europe. Painted between 1477 and 1487, they originally comprised some thirty-two scenes ranged in two registers on the chapel’s north and south walls, recounting the miracles of the Virgin. Concealed for years with whitewash and panelling, it was not until the 1920s that the paintings were finally uncovered and their significance appreciated fully. This stunningly illustrated publication brings together the considerable body of recent research into these internationally important wall paintings, giving a comprehensive description and account of their creation and patronage. It also includes a fascinating discussion of the rare wall painting dating to around 1520, showing a master teaching boys, which was recently discovered in the Head Master’s Chambers.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Emily Howe is wall paintings advisor to English Heritage and works closely with the Courtauld Institute's Department of Wall Painting. Henrietta McBurney is Keeper of Fine and Applied Arts at Eton College and was previously curator of Prints and Drawings at the Royal Collection, Windsor Castle. Professor David Park is Director of the Conservation of Wall Painting Department at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

REVIEWS

"This is a very exciting, major project on the most important surviving 15th-century wall decoration of the north of the Alps. It also features a major discovery of a 16th-century mural of a school scene that came to light in 2005 in the Head Master’s Chambers. The production was perfect, the scholarship outstanding, the international context explored; the book combines, in the most successful manner, conservation and technical reports with history of great clarity and authority. There was also the romance of the story of the involvement of M.R. James in the preservation of these very important paintings. Congratulations are also due to those who encouraged the project, including the Provost of Eton, Lord Waldegrave, and to the publisher and designer for creating such an attractive, beautifully produced book."
Assessors' citation, William MB Berger Prize for British Art History, 2013

"...with the publication of Wall Paintings of Eton, which includes a full set of excellent illustrations and up-to-date scholarly texts covering technical as well as art-historical issues, the significance in the history of English art of this strange picture and the surviving murals in the chapel can be properly appreciated."
London Review of Books

"This stunningly illustrated publication brings together the considerable body of recent research into these internationally important wall paintings, giving a comprehensive description and account of their creation and patronage. It also includes a fascinating discussion of the rare wall painting dating to around 1520, showing a master teaching boys, which was recently discovered in the Head Master’s Chambers."
Church Building & Heritage

"History comes alive as the authors methodically unfold the fascinating stories."
Cassone

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