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A set of photos showing details from the effigies on the tomb of Sir Alexander Culpeper who died about 1537 at Goudhurst in Kent. The effigies are carved from wood which has then been given a coating of gesso, a white paint made from gypsum or chalk. This was then painted with bright colours.

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The effigies on the tomb of Sir Alexander Culpeper and his wife, probably Constance Harper. c 1537. He wears armour, she wears a long gown with divided skirts, a belt with a long tassel and a small gabled headdress.

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Detail from effigy of Sir Alexander showing the pattern of his fringed surcoat.

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Detail of effigy of his wife showing her headress, jewels and wedding ring.

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Another detail shot of his wife showing the fastening of her cloak and her chains of jewellery as well as her headdress.

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The feet of the two effigies. The armoured feet are jointed but also exagerrated into a claw shape. His wife wears narrow shoes in the "bear" style popular in Germany.

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The fringed surcoat worn by Sir Alexander with detail of his elaborate armour. This was probably for show rather than warfare.

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The Culpepers with their children, all dresssed in a similar manner to the parents. One of the sons was later executed for getting too friendly with Queen Katherine Howard.

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Sir Alexander's head rests on his helmet, probably another piece for show with the raised and gilded decoration. He wears longer hair as was normal at the time and a chain of office.

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