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Eight pieces of the base of a monument formerly in the church yard of St Mary's, Leyton, Essex, with crest of the Bosanquet family at the lower end

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Museum number: MY1

Curatorial note

These fragments have been used by Soane as the outer rim of the 'Monk’s tomb', the supposed final resting place of Soane's imaginary hermit 'Padre Giovanni'.

He designed a new Bosanquet monument in the churchyard at Leyton in Essex (now in the London Borough of Waltham Forest) in 1806 and in doing so must have had the opportunity to salvage these parts of an earlier memorial for re-use, much later, in 1824-25, to form this fictitious tomb in his Monk's Yard. Soane's replacement monument in Leyton was in its turn demolished in 1957.


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