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The title of this lithograph is somewhat misleading. When it was published in 1825 in James Rouse's The Beauties and Antiquities of the County of Sussex she was indeed thought to be the Conqueror's daughter but it has since been established that she was not. 


The monument shown is that of Edward Shurley, Cofferer in the Royal Household of Henry VIII. The monument is in Isfield Church and Gundrada's beautiful tomb slab made of Tournai marble was used as the altar top. The tomb slab was subsequently moved to Southover Church, Lewes where it can be seen in the Gundrada chapel. The Gundrada chapel was constructed in the mid-nineteenth century  to house the remains of Gundrada and her husband William de Warenne which were uncovered during the construction of the railway through the site of Lewes Priory. 


The Beauties and Antiquities of the County of Sussex was published by the artist James Rouse, a first folio edition in 1825, and a second octavo edition in 1827. The publication contained 149 views of historic buildings in the county. According to the artist the second edition, from which this plate comes, was published so that those living in the County who could not afford the expensive folio edition might benefit from this edition. In his preface he says that he chose the medium of lithography rather than aquatint because of its 'generally acknowledged superiority in pourtraying [sic] Architectural Subjects, particularly where operated upon by the mouldering effects of time.'

The Tomb of Gundrada, James Rouse - Framed Antique Print

SKU: 1200
  • Image Numbers: 1200
    Title: Tomb of Gundrada


    Artist: James Rouse

    Publisher:  James Rouse, The Beauties and Antiquities of the County of Sussex 

    Medium: Lithograph

    Framed size (h x w): 212 x 265mm

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