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The tomb and effigy of William Canynges the Younger (1399 – 1474) lie in the south transept of St. Mary Redcliffe Church in Bristol. The elaborate coloured tomb demonstrates a successful, wealthy man, whilst the plain alabaster effigy is in priestly robes. One of Bristol’s most successful medieval merchants, by 1461 Canynges had a fleet of nine ships crewed by 800 sailors. In an extraordinary career he was an MP, five times Mayor of Bristol and, after the death of his wife, took holy orders as a priest. Canynges said his first Mass in St Mary Redcliffe on Whitsunday 17 May 1468. The scale and brilliance of the present church are said to be largely due to this generous benefactor. This watercolour painting seeks to capture the ornate details and vibrant colours of this fascintating tomb.


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Tomb of William Canynges at St. Mary Redcliffe Church

  • Tomb of William Canynges at St. Mary Redcliffe Church
    Watercolour and Pen on Paper
    Unframed Size: 57 x 42cm
    Signed by the Artist
    Includes Certificate of Authenticity

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