English Medieval Alabasters

English Medieval Alabasters

with a catalogue of the collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum

Francis Cheetham


Boydell Press



Francis Cheetham's classic survey of English medieval alabasters includes a richly illustrated catalogue of the Victoria and Albert Museum's unparalleled collection.
English alabasters represent a unique contribution to medieval art. Less sophisticated, perhaps, than other contemporary forms of religious art, they were a neglected area of study until this volume was first published in 1984.
Stories from the New Testament and The Golden Legend were the most favoured subjects, and the numerous examples that survive in churches and museums throughout Europe attest to their wide and enduring appeal. Francis Cheetham examines here all aspects of their production and demonstrates how the panels and altarpieces can aid our understanding of life and devotional practice in medieval times.
At the heart of this fascinating study is a richly illustrated catalogue of the 260 examples in the collection of London's Victoria and Albert Museum: a collection "so comprehensive that it would be possible to write a survey of the subject almost without recourse to pieces elsewhere," as Sir Roy Strong notes in his Foreword. Their division into subject categories is an invaluable aid to identification and classification.

The late Francis Cheetham was an acknowledged expert on medieval English alabasters, and this reissue of his classic work will be welcomed by historians, art historians, collectors and dealers alike, taking its place alongside his Alabaster Images of Medieval England which was published by the Boydell Press in 2003.


October 2005
8 colour, 338 black and white illustrations
368 pages
29.7x21 cm
ISBN: 9781843830092
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BISAC HIS037040, SOC005000
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Covers all the main aspects of the genre and may be seen still as the definitive work on the subject. ECCLESIOLOGY TODAY
A standard reference work on the subject. JOURNAL OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY
Remains the standard book on the subject. [...] The great significance of this catalogue lies in the typology [the author] established. THE ART NEWSPAPER

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