Page 15, 4th June 1937

4th June 1937
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Page 15, 4th June 1937 — HARVINGTON HALL Mural Work Discovered

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People: Hodgkinson, Tristram


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HARVINGTON HALL Mural Work Discovered

When the " Friends of Harvington " hold their meeting tomorrow, they will have, among other items connected with the further progress of the restoration of this famous old mansion, reference to some interesting mural work which was recently brought to light. That work has lately been described, to members of the Worcestershire Archaeological Society, by Mr. H. R. HocIgkinson, F.S.A., who is hon. secretary to Harvington Hall's Committee of Management.

Biblical subjects, arabesques and other paintings have been disclosed. on an extensive scale, by the removal of coats of whitewash, One particularly interesting piece of decoration is in a small room which may possibly have been used, Mr. Hodgkinson suggests, as an oratory. Here there arc painted on the walls alternate gouttes or drops, of red and white, thought to be probably emblematic of Our Lord's Passion.

Professor Tristram considers the mural decoration at Harvington Hall to be of the greatest illustrative value, one of the most interesting sets of paintings in domestic art of the period. Most of the work is of Elizabethan date.

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