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On Display: Museum of London: Medieval London: Nonsuch
The timber-framed outer court of Henry VIII’s Nonsuch Palace was covered with stucco panels framed by plaques of carved and gilded slate. The decorative scheme covered an area of 2,055 square metres, and depicted the Roman emperors; the gods and goddesses of classical mythology and scenes from the life of Hercules with the liberal arts and virtues. By a remarkable chance most of these panel fragments were found together at the foot of the south-west tower from which they had fallen. Their original position is shown in Joris Hoefnagel's watercolour of Nonsuch of 1568. Some of the Nonsuch stuccoes were carried out by Giles Geringe. The style of decoration was heavily influenced by the royal palace of Fontainbleau in France.
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H 1368 mm; W 890 mm
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