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Virgin and Child

Attributed to Alexander of Abingdon (British, active 1291–1317)
ca. 1275–1325
Caen Limestone
Overall: 59 1/4 x 19 3/8 x 11 3/4 in. (150.5 x 49.2 x 29.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward J. Gallagher Jr. Bequest, in memory of his father, Edward Joseph Gallagher, his mother, Ann Hay Gallagher, and his son, Edward Joseph Gallagher III; and Caroline Howard Hyman Gift, 2003
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 305
Discovered only in the 1980s in Newbury (Berkshire), this imposing sculpture is closely related to the figural decoration on the famed wayside crosses erected along the route of the funeral procession of Queen Eleanor of Castile, the beloved wife of Edward I, who died in 1290. Alexander of Abingdon, the leading sculptor of the court, created some of them.
Found in a house in Newbury (Berkshire), England (before 1988); [ Unknown Auction, Newbury, England (1984 ?); [ Erasmus & Co., London (from at least 1989–sold 1991)]; Dr. William Conte, Greenwich, CT (1991–sold 2003)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 2003-2004." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 62, no. 2 (Fall 2004). p. 13.

Little, Charles T. "An English Sculpture Attributed to Alexander of Abingdon." In La sculpture en Occident: Études offertes à Jean-René Gaborit, edited by Genevieve Bresc-Bautier, Françoise Baron, and Pierre-Yves Le Pogam. Dijon: Éditions Faton, 2007. pp. 58-63, fig. 1, 2.

Barnet, Peter. "Recent Acquisitions (1999-2008) of Medieval Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cloisters, New York: Supplement." The Burlington Magazine 150, no. 1268 (November 2008). p. 796, fig. IX.

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