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Mural of Henry VIII discoved during renovations in 15C house - image

The priceless picture, which shows the monarch, Henry VIII, sitting on his throne wearing his crown and holding a sceptre, is thought to have been painted shortly after the house was built at the turn of the 15th century.

At the time it was the home of Thomas Cranmer, the Archdeacon of Taunton who went onto become the Archbishop of Canterbury and helped Henry break from the Catholic Church and set up the Church of England. Though the artist is unknown, it is thought to be unique.

Michael Liversidge, former head of history of art department at Bristol University, said the discovery was "totally fascinating" and of "enormous importance and significance".
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It would have been an expression of loyalty. Cranmer could have done it as a tribute to Henry and that would make it an object of great importance and significance. It is a unique image.
Angie Powell, 57, and her husband Rhodri, 56, uncovered the 20ft wide, six ft high, wall painting as they peeled back wallpaper and mortar from their grade II listed home. After the discovery, they brought in the experts who removed layers of plaster and mortar to clean up the image.

Mrs Powell, a children's author, said they discovered the mural while redecorating.
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When we saw the eyes appear out of the plaster it was a real moment. They had been removing wooden panels from the wall with a view to painting it. It is a presence and you do feel there's just something there behind you looking over your shoulder. When people come in, he grabs the attention.


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By netchicken: posted on 3-2-2011








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