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I'm 'enery the 8th I am I am..

By James_C
Hi everybody,
Thank you for all your kind support and comments. As always - greatly appreciated.

This is a detail of a painting in Chichester Cathedral depicting Henry VIII with the written confirmation of Bishop Robert Sherburne (1508-36) appointment as Bishop of Chichester.
I've uploaded as v2 a picture of the whole painting to give an idea of the scale of this work, for which fund raising is underway for its conservation. The left hand side of the picture depicts King Caedwella confirming the rights and priveledges originally given by King Aethelwealh to St Wilfred in 681 although they are in 16th century costume.
The colours are as near to true as I can get.

I hope you like it. I'll be interested to hear any comments.

Thanks for looking,


Tags: Specialist and abstract Portraits and people

Voters: xwang, Sezz, helenlinda and 18 more

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xwang 10 56 8
4 Aug 2009 9:10PM
V1 for me,excellent.

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Sezz 14 619 15 England
4 Aug 2009 9:37PM
I like the close up you have done in V1 James, an interesting and historical painting and the colours do indeed look natural as they should. Thanks for including V2, puts the whole thing in context. I should like to see this one day!

Sarah *
helenlinda Plus
12 366 22 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2009 9:37PM
Love the colours and v2 really helps in understanding the big picture. Hope the fundraising goes well
James_C 10 36 56 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2009 9:42PM
Thanks Xwang, Sarah and Helen. I would be delighted to show you round some time Sarah - just let me know when you would like to come, I can be pretty flexible.

sable 11 9 7 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2009 7:56AM
Two excellent and extremely interesting images which I am sure will help the very worthy cause of restoration works - Elizabeth
James_C 10 36 56 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2009 10:57AM
Thanks Elizabeth.

Joline Plus
13 30 54 United States
5 Aug 2009 12:20PM
I am always in awe of the incredible history that you present so well. V2 certainly adds to the understanding of this image. Good luck with the fund raising.

I am curious....why are some of the ovals left blank on the bottom and sides? It appears to be images of monarchs of the past?
James_C 10 36 56 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2009 3:02PM
Thanks Joline. Your right, the pictures are all of past monarchs. They were defaced when Cromwell's army broke into Chichester in December 1642. The church had supported the city's defiance of Cromwell and was severely punished for it. The soldiers defaced all the kings on the painting that they disapproved of. The picture was again damaged on 21st February 1861 when the spire collapsed. The damaged panels were replaced but not repainted apart from the missing titles. The text reads "..most sacred King, for God's sake confirm the Cathedral Church of Chichester as Caedwella, King of Sussex, confirmed the Church of Selsey, once a Cathedral." The king replies "..for the love of Jesus Christ, I grant what you ask."

I should have checked my notes more thoroughly before posting this picture as I see I have miss identified the left hand panel, which depicts King Caedwella confirming the rights and priveledges originally given by King Aethelwealh to St Wilfred in 681, not Henry VII.

Rock 17 10 2 England
5 Aug 2009 5:11PM
More light required.

James_C 10 36 56 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2009 5:59PM
Fair comment Rock.

gingerdelight 13 298 11 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2009 10:37AM
Two lovely shots - I like the close up of good old 'enery! I used to live near Chichester, such a beautiful place and wonderful cathedral
x Carol x
James_C 10 36 56 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2009 12:31PM
Many thanks Carol - yes and the cathedral is my favourite place.

EAS 10 1 13 Scotland
6 Aug 2009 10:55PM
These are so interesting and so beautifully captured and presented. Glad no one was silly enough to try and restore what had been lost, as that's part of the history of the piece. The colours, to me, seem just right for what it is. All the best with the fundraising at this especially difficult time.

James_C 10 36 56 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2009 8:56AM
Thank you very much Ann. There are in fact three (one very small) of these paintings and as you can imagine the sums required for thier conservation are enourmous.

Barbaraj 12 450 England
18 Aug 2009 8:26AM
An amazing piece of history , have also looked at you later entries of this as a series.
James_C 10 36 56 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2009 8:46AM
Many thanks Barbara.


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