English Panel Paintings 1400–1558: A Survey of Figure Paintings on East Anglian Rood Screens

Audrey M. Baker PhD, FSA

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ISBN: 9781904982692
Binding: Paperback
Dimensions: 297 x 210 mm
Pages: 279
Illustrations: 194 colour, 12 halftone, 3 line

The art of East Anglia was pre-eminent during the late thirteenth and the first half of the fourteenth century. Wooden screens with painted panels were one of the most essential fittings of late pre-Reformation churches, serving both to protect the high altar and to define the division between the chancel and the nave and aisles. Whereas very few screens dating from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries survive, the extant fifteenth-century rood-screen paintings in East Anglia form the largest body of late mediaeval painting to be found in England.

Details of more than a thousand panels from over one hundred screens are listed, described and in many cases illustrated in this volume, accompanied by commentaries on their design, techniques and materials used in their making and who paid for them.

The basis of this book is the PhD thesis submitted by Audrey Baker in 1937 to the Courtauld Institute of Art of the University of London. The text has been edited and extended by Ann Ballantyne and Pauline Plummer into the expanded version published here – a fitting celebration of Audrey’s contribution to the field in her 104th year!

Audrey Baker, PhD, FSA, born 1908, an art historian in the field of mediaeval art history, attended St Hilda’s College, Oxford before beginning her doctoral studies at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. She has published a number of papers on the iconography of wall paintings as well as numerous articles on local history.

Ann Ballantyne is a conservator of mediaeval wall paintings. Pauline Plummer is a painter and painting conservator specialising in the in-situ conservation of mediaeval oil painting on wood, and has worked at the majority of the churches mentioned in this book.

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[English Panel Paintings 1400-1558] is the first time that information concerning all the figural screens of Norfolk and Suffolk has been exhaustively gathered, and illustrated in colour...It is in no small part thanks to Audrey Baker, Pauline Plummer and Ann Ballantyne that East Anglia's figural rood screens finally have a chance of being rescued from obscurity, and of receiving the attention they richly deserve.
The Picture Restorer, 40 (Spring 2012) pp. 43-44

This is above all a useful book. [...] Throughout there are excellent colour photographs, with the majority of site illustrated with both general views and some fascinating details focusing on the decorative borders which are so often overlooked in relation to the figurative programmes which they frame. [...] The unique value of this book is its bringing together in one publication this rich heritage of English medieval paintings, many of which are largely unknown, and presenting them in such detail and with so much useful supporting material.
Ecclesiology Today, 47/48 (July 2013) pp. 141-142