By Francis Cheetham

From the past due 1300s to the Reformation, alabaster carving used to be an immense task within the English Midlands, in a space focused on Nottingham. Altarpieces and panels have been produced for the house industry, but additionally for export; the sculptures have a particular type, dictated by way of the non secular topics and by way of the cloth, and have been often painted and gilded. on the Reformation, such goods have been hidden or destroyed, and it's the survival of diverse continental examples, rather in France, including the remainder examples from England, that allows the background of alabaster carving to be documented. This e-book catalogues a few 2,400 carvings, with their position and released references, coupled with a Geographical Index. it's the fullest catalogue but compiled on those beautiful small-scale sculptures, incorporating a lot new info, fairly with regards to the iconography of the carvings.

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Some of the carvings show the Agnus Dei, emblem of St John and symbol of Christ himself, beneath the central feature of St John’s head. The Agnus Dei reminds the viewer of the words of St John recorded in the Gospels (John 1:29) and spoken by the priest during the Mass as he holds up the consecrated host for the congregation to see: ‘Ecce Agnus Dei, ecce qui tollit peccata mundi’ (‘Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world). Other panels show, instead of the Agnus Dei, a more direct representation of Christ, namely the Jesus Pity, with Christ displaying his wounds (fig.

17, illus. v. – Maclagan 1920, 62, pl. v. – Nelson 1920a, 197, pl. v. – Biver 1910a, 69, pl. v. 5 × 16 8 British Museum, London (24) Inv. 9 Nelson 1923b, 129, pl. ; wrongly entitled St Barbara Unpublished Society of Antiquaries, 1913, no. 61, pl. v. 4 41 × 24 – Tavender 1955, no. 1, 71 Fiorin 1969–70, 138, fig. 25 Rev. J. A. ; Sotheby’s, 13 June 1947, Sale Catalogue, no. v. v. 2 Cheetham 1984, 89, cat. 18, illus. Maclagan 1920, 62, pl. IIC Nelson 1913, 134, pl. I, no. v. (25) – Nelson 1920a, 198, pl.

V. v. 9 Cheetham 1973, 52, illus. Unpublished – Nelson 1920a, 199, pl. VII, no. 1 – Biver 1910a, 73–4, pl. X, no. v. 2 Church of Sts Pierre et Paul, Loenhout, Belgium (40) 3 Burrell Collection, Glasgow (41) 4 Private collection, New York 5 National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA. Free-standing sculpture 6 Church of Harewood, Yorkshire Figure on side of tomb of Edward Redman (d. 7 × – Derveaux-Van Ussel, 1967, E/32 York Festival Exhibition 1954, no. 89 Sotheby’s, 17 Mar. 1961, Sale Catalogue, no.

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