'Wakeham' Cenotaph* - Tewkesbury Abbey

Attributed to John Wakeham (d1549), the last abbot of Tewkesbury, the ‘Wakeham’ Cenotaph, is actually mid fifteenth century and pre-dates the abbot by about 100 years. The effigy is a gisant** as a decomposing corpse and the canopy was modelled on the throne of the House of Lords.

*A monument erected in honor of a dead person whose remains lie elsewhere.

**A recumbent effigy on a tomb depicting a prominent deceased person in the process of dying or as a corpse

Top image: by Walwyn

Bottom image: by Sheepdog Rex

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