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Wall Paintings of Eton

Emily Howe, Henrietta McBurney, David Park, Stephen Rickerby, Lisa Shekede

    ISBN: 978 1 85759 787 5

    Size: 210 x 270 mm / 10.5 x 8.25 in.

    Binding: Hardback

    Pages: 192

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    Date published: October, 2012

    UK £35 /US $55


  • Winner of the 2013 William MB Berger Prize for British Art History: ‘The production was perfect, the scholarship outstanding’
  • Combines existing knowledge about the wall paintings with the findings of recently commissioned scientific analysis
  • First book on these important works since M. R. James’s seminal publication The Frescoes in the Chapel at Eton College published over 100 years ago


The paintings which adorn the lower walls of the chapel at Eton College are arguably the most important surviving late-medieval murals in Northern Europe. Painted between 1477 and 1487, they originally comprised some thirty-two scenes ranged in two registers on the chapel’s north and south walls, recounting the miracles of the Virgin. Concealed for years with whitewash and panelling, it was not until the 1920s that the paintings were finally uncovered and their significance appreciated fully. This stunningly illustrated publication brings together the considerable body of recent research into these internationally important wall paintings, giving a comprehensive description and account of their creation and patronage. It also includes a fascinating discussion of the rare wall paintings dating to around 1520, showing a master teaching boys, which was recently discovered in the Head Master’s Chambers.

Author information

Emily Howe is wall paintings advisor to English Heritage and works closely with the Courtauld Institute’s Department of Wall Painting. Henrietta McBurney is Keeper of Fine and Applied Arts at Eton College and was previously curator of Prints and Drawings at the Royal Collection, Windsor Castle. Professor David Park is Director of the Conservation of Wall Painting Department at the Courtauld Institute of Art.