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Burying the Dead (?The Seven Works of Mercy) Lathbury, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire (‡Oxford) Late C.14/Early C.15

Burying the Dead (?7 Works of Mercy), Lathbury [79KB] All the paintings at Lathbury - and there are many - are fragmentary and very confusing. There is though, a subject painted high above the nave arcade which seems to be the Seven Works of Mercy. The photograph at the left shows the clearest part of it, Burying the Dead. Several people, in attitudes of mourning, stand around a bier (it has trestle legs in green) on which lies a shrouded body. The confused details above probably belong to a later, superimposed subject.

There are a few other details, spread over a large area of wall, which seem to be part of the other six Works of Mercy; for example nearby is part of a barrel-vaulted building with a man perhaps in pilgrim’s garb standing in its doorway and two men kneeling outside. There are also other subjects; one of them, newly on this site, a very fine Virgin intervening at the Weighing of Souls. It was probably related to the fragmentary Doom over the chancel arch, but almost nothing is left of this now.

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 Virgin intervening at the Weighing of Souls, Lathbury, Buckinghamshire

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