Friday, June 24, 2011

"Westminster Abbey 1896 Wax effigy of King Charles II," Sir Benjamin Stone, 1896

Sir Benjamin Stone
'Westminster Abbey 1896 Wax effigy of King Charles II'
Westminster, London, England
Platinum print
Museum no. E.4176-2000

Made soon after Charles's death in February 1685, this life-size effigy stood over the king's grave for 150 years. It then moved to the Islip Chapel, where it was photographed by Stone, and is now in the Abbey museum. The figure is dressed in the robes of the Order of the Garter, possibly those of the king himself.
Found on the Victoria and Albert Museum website. Click on image for larger, more detailed view.

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