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Database No.: 270
Name of Work: Second Pall of the Merchant Taylors
Country: Great Britain
Site: London: Collection, Worshipful Company of Merchant Taylors
Object Type: Pall
Date: 1512 - 1538
Dimensions: h. 58.4cm, w. 198.1cm (h. 23 in., w. 78 in.)
Subject Terms:
John Baptist: Beheading
John Baptist: Head on Charger

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Bibliography: Clode, C. M., Memorials of the Guild of Merchant Taylors (1875), pp. 132-137

Fry, F. M., Historical Catalogue of the Pictures at Merchant Taylors' Hall (1907), pp. 23-24

London, Victoria and Albert Museum, Opus Anglicanum (1963), pp. 58-59 (no. 153)

Davies, M. & Saunders, A., History of the Merchant Taylors’ Company (2004), pp. 30-31; color plate II B

Notes: End of pall.

Customarily used to cover the coffin of a brother of the Mysterie at his burial.

Recorded in the Company's Inventories of 1609 and 1618.

Possibly commissioned by the company, containing its arms granted in 1480. S. John Baptist is the patron saint of the company.

Image courtesy of: The Master of The Worshipful Company of Merchant Taylors