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Head from Westminster Hall
Museum number: M365
For many years this piece of stonework lost its connection with its original Soane collection inventory number, which is M365. This probably happened after the object was removed from its original position in c.1888-90 and installed in a new arrangement outside in the New Court, created by the then Curator James Wild. By the time that the next inventory was drawn up, in 1906, by Walter Spiers, this object was recorded as having on number and described as 'A block of stone carved with the of a Queen or of Our Lady or the arms of the Mercers’ Company'. By reuniting this piece with its original inventory number in 2016 it is now possible to identify it as an original medieval carving from one of the most important surviving medieval halls in existence, probably acquired by John Soane when he was working at Westminster during the 1820s.The AB inventory of 1837 lists it as 'Fragment of a head (from one of the niches at the south end of Westminster Hall)? Stone'.
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