Cadaver Tombs

Church of ??, South Dalton, East Yorkshire.


 

This picture at South Dalton or Dalton Holme in Yorkshire shows a monument to Sir John Hotham who died in 1689.

It is a poorer copy of the one at Hatfield. Hertfordshire, to Sir Robert Cecil, First Earl of Salisbury (1563-1612) by Maximillian Colt.

 

It comprises a large black belgian slab with John's effigy reclining on top whilst underneath is the skeleton laid on a plaited straw mattress. At each corner kneels one of the four virtues supporting the slab on her shoulders.

Photograph by P.Fairweather. Date of which is unknown.

 

 

 

 

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