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SM volume 42/2




Elevation with an octagonal, five-storey Eleanor cross enclosed by an elaborate oval frame with a bow at the top, the ribbons inscribed Coventry (left) and Cross (right) and with bay or laurel leaves at the bottom. Behind is a pediment with antefixae, supported by pilasters with husk ornament and draped consoles

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper, carefully cut to omit the lower left and right hand parts of the design (190 x 102 and 53)




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The combination of Classical elements with an image of a Gothic Eleanor Cross is puzzling. The omitted (cut out) parts of the design might have offered a clue as to its purpose.



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