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Harman Memorial, Burford [May. 13th, 2015|07:53 am]
Tony Grist

The chap commemorated in this memorial was Henry VIII's barber and body servant. The four figures surrounding the entablature are believed to represent Brazilian tribespeople. If so, these are the earliest representations of Native Americans in English art. Here's a detail.

This is 16th century but looks amazingly like the work of Eric Gill.

[User Picture]From: nineweaving
2015-05-13 07:07 am (UTC)
Heavens! So it does. Harman the barber made out like a bandit in the dissolution, I read. His sons are terrifying, little staring goblins who will eat you up.


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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-05-13 08:01 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2015-05-13 11:26 am (UTC)
How extraordinary! And yes, very Eric Gill!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-05-13 06:54 pm (UTC)
I don't know anything else like it.
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From: artkouros
2015-05-13 12:35 pm (UTC)
It looks a lot like Mayan art. I hope those aren't someone's testicles. I understand they figured prominently in old English punishments.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-05-13 06:56 pm (UTC)
I think they're yams or gourds or something like that. Harman may have been an importer.
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