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The Vyne (Hampshire)

posted on 2023-06-07, 19:32 authored by Maurice Howard, Edward Wilson
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National Trust





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  • Art History Publications


This book originated in my researches for the National Trust for the re-writing of the guide to the house, published in 1997. Much new material surfaced during this work on the Tudor builder, William Sandys, which could not be included. In 1998-2000 the house was re-serviced and this resulted in an archaeological report by Edward Wilson and together we re-dated the sequence of the Tudor house. I therefore persuaded the Trust to publish a monograph incorporating new archaeological evidence, written by my colleague in chapter three, buttressed on each side with other chapters by myself concerning my conclusions on the biography of the patron (with identifications of his portraiture for the first time), the place of the house as we now saw it in the context of early Tudor houses and the place of the house in the landscape. Two early representations of the house were published for the first time. Crucially, my earlier researches enabled me to do a full transcription of the 1541 inventory of the house, now in a private collection. This had never been fully published before and is included in a 14-page, double-columned appendix. It is the fullest courtier inventory of the period of Henry VIII and reveals much about the distinctive patronage of Flemish artists by a man with international contacts due to his high office at Court and posts on the kings behalf at Calais. For the first time it was possible to trace significant items of tapestry and plate that passed into the royal collection.

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