[Memorial tomb of Sir Francis Vere in Westminster Abbey]Francisco Vero, Equiti Attrato, Galfredi F Ioannis Comitis Oxoniae Nepoti, Brieliae et Portsmuthae Praefecto [...]
Etching, sheet 235 x 300mm (9¼ x 11¾"). Trimmed inside platemark and glued to album sheet at corners; 18th century print of Edward I's tomb verso. Rare.
The tomb of Sir Francis Vere (1560-1609) in the chapel of St John the Evangelist in Westminster Abbey, where his brother Horace is also buried. An army officer and diplomat, Vere is shown in civilian dress lying under a slab on which his suit of armour is laid out. The monument has been attributed to the sculptor Maximilian Colt. The Latin inscription below is probably the same as that on the tomb. Francis was one of the greatest soldiers serving under Elizabeth I and distinguished himself at the Battle of Nieuwpoort (1600) and during the defence of Ostend against the Spanish. He married Elizabeth, daughter of John Dent of London. His reputation was also enhanced by his 'Commentaries', the memoirs of his campaigns which were published posthumously.
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