Object Title

Combat model - Plaster group representing the death of the Duke of Clarence at the Battle of Beague, 1421

Combat model - Plaster group representing the death of the Duke of Clarence at the Battle of Beague, 1421

Date

1838

Object Number

XVII.29

Provenance

The actual date of aquisition is not clear, but it is recorded in the collection by 1870 under Class 18., and can be seen in photographs of the Horse Armoury of that period. • Grangerised printed Hewitt Catalogue (1859) marked (handwritten) “Remain of ancient Armour, Weapons etc in the Tower of London transferred from the charge of Supt of Stores R.R.Pringle to that of William Brailsford. Ordered 8th September 1869 3666/290 and 17th March 1870 3666/302”; back cover labelled (handwritten) “No 3 Transfer from SS RRPringle to Mr W Brailsford Date 6th August 1870” However printed section of additions since 1859, dated 1865 in back – binding broken so unclear if these are an addition Handwritten p.126; 55 – 60 additional items to Class 18. “56. Model of the death of the Duke of Clarence” • From RAR.0183 (loc MTA) : a statement of articles found to be surplus of the charge in the Horse Armoury (Ord Off ToL October 1876) "a model in chalk of 2 knights in combat". • Grangerised printed Hewitt catalogue (rev. ed 1870; printed corrections to 1865) bound with Hewitt’s French and Wheeler German guide to the Tower. Lined blue pages inserted with handwritten additions. From end of inserts certified checked inventory dated 21 Feby1876 and received 13 Feby 1877. Most of the signatures are illegible apart from an Angell (1876) Handwritten – falls among pieces connected with Grand Storehouse fire of 1841; additional items 55-71 [70 – 71 received 14 June 1878 by order of Commy Angell] “Class18. Additional 69. A model, in chalk of two knights in combat” Adjacent:’ 60[ struck through] 9/5.6.76’ [date smaller – official check?] • Ffoulkes The Armouries of the Tower of London (HMSO, 1916) vol II p.444 “Class XVII. Carved Wooden horses, figures etc. 29. Statuettes, Two knights tilting, produced circa 1860”

Physical Description

A painted plaster model of the mounted combat between Thomas Duke of Clarence, brother of Henry V, and Garin de Fontaine in which Clarence was killed, at the battle of Beauge, 22 March 1421.
Two mounted figures in full armour, one with a coronet on his close helmet – presumably the Duke of Clarence – is on the receiving end of a thrust from the lance of the other, forcing his horse back on its haunches.:
The base on which the group stands has a bevelled edge and is inscribed in gothic lettering ’Mort de Monseigneur le Duc de Clarence frere au Roi Anglais Henri V occis au combat au viel Beauge par Garin de Fontaine Chevalier dans l’ost de Monseigneur le Dauphin (Chronique d’Anjou) par le Ce E. de Nieuwerkerke 1838’
The whole mounted on a sarcophagus – shaped base with relief gothic tracery, shields painted with the arms of England and France flank a rectangular panel on either side painted in gold containing an illegible inscription.

Techniques

Painting, Plaster cast

Materials

Dimensions

Dimensions: 640mm long x 212mm wide x 555mm tall Weight: approx 7kg

Inscriptions and Marks

Inscription
’Mort de Monseigneur le Duc de Clarence frere au Roi Anglais Henri V occis au combat au viel Beauge par Garin de Fontaine Chevalier dans l’ost de Monseigneur le Dauphin (Chronique d’Anjou) par le Ce E. de Nieuwerkerke 1838’
The base on which the group stands has a bevelled edge and is inscribed in gothic lettering

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