Thursday, 9 March 2017
Taking it Easy with Sir Adrian Scrope
Sculpted from white alabaster, this is the figure of Sir Adrian Scrope, lying on his tomb.
The position of the tomb is quite unusual, so is the pose, but it does make him look as though he is listening intently to someone.
He died in 1623 and his monument was sculpted by Epiphanius Evesham, a very highly regarded English sculptor at that time.
I think he looks very much at ease, comfortable.
His hair is close cropped, which emphasises his strong features. I love the details on his collar and the way his sash still shows remnants of the original blue paint.
He is reclining on his left elbow, which is placed upon a cushion, while his right arm is pressed over his heart.
Sir Adrian is dressed as a fully armed knight with his helmet behind him with the visor is closed. His gauntlets and sword lie beside him.
He was, of course, a Royalist!
His monument is to be found in this beautiful Perpendicular church, down a tiny country lane in deepest Lincolnshire.
Some of the tiniest churches hereabouts hold the greatest treasures, if you care to investigate...and I do!