Find Cold Overton on a map
The brief discussion on the page for this subject at Broughton, where there are also wall paintings of scenes (also very fragmentary, alas) from the end of the Virgins life will give some background detail about the circumstances of this apocryphal story about her death There seems to be a full complement of Apostles here, six on either side and facing each other in attitudes of prayer. I cannot identify any individuals, and the appearance of what might be taken for a gold diadem on one of the figures in the lefthand group is simply damage where flaking plaster has allowed an older, more yellowed layer to show through. The Apostles are all barefoot and some carry objects that are probably meant to be books.
It is impossible to disagree with Tristram that the workmanship is unskilled¹ here, but reductive as this sounds, it should not be allowed to detract from the fact that (if his identification is correct) this is a vanishingly rare survival of the subject.
¹ Tristram 11, p.532
Other paintings of the Life of the Virgin, with links
|St. Anne teaching the Virgin to read, Corby Glen, Lincs||St. Anne & Virgin/Miracles of Virgin, Chalfont St. Giles, Bucks||Annunciation/Visitation, Ashampstead, Berkshire||Annunciation, Barnby, Suffolk|
|Annunciation, Chalgrove, Oxon.||Annunciation, Little Melton, Norfolk||Annunciation, Gisleham, Suffolk||Annunciation, Slapton, Northants|
|Annunciation, Sth. Newington, Oxfordshire||Annunciation, Tarrant Crawford, Dorset||Annunciation, Martley, Worcestershire||Annunciation/Visitation, Faversham, Kent|
|Annunciation/Visitation/Nativity, Newton Green, Suffolk||Annunciation/Visitation, Pinvin, Worcs||Annunciation-Fring, Norfolk||Visitation, Dale Abbey, Derbys|
|Visitation, Salisbury (S.Thomas), Wilts.||The Burial of the Virgin, Pickering, N.Yorks NEW||Death, Burial & Coronation of the Virgin, Sutton Bingham, Somerset||Coronation of the Virgin, Black Bourton, Oxon|
|Background to Statue, with painted angels, Brent Eleigh, Suffolk||Virgin Enthroned, with angels, Arundel, Sussex||Virgin Enthroned, with donors, Cawston, Norfolk||Life of the Virgin, Broughton, Oxon.||Virgin & Child, with wand and apple, South Newington, Oxford||Virgin & Child, with sceptre & orb(?), Wickhamford, Worcs.||Virgin suckling the Christ Child, Beckley, Oxon.||Virgin suckling the Christ Child, Belchamp Walter, Essex|
|Death, Burial, Assumption & Coronation of the Virgin, Chalgrove, Oxfordshire||The Gathering of the Apostles for the funeral of the Virgin, Cold Overton, Leicestershire NEW||Virgin intervening at the Weighing of Souls, Lathbury, Buckinghamshire||The Annunciation/St Anne teaching the Virgin to read, Chapel of Our Lady of Bradwell, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire NEW|
|Virgin & child enthroned/With SS Margaret, Catherine & Mary Magdalene, Little Wenham, Suffolk NEW|