Assistant Editor's Note: A hatchment
is a diamond-shaped painting portraying the coat of arms, motto, etc.
The paintings are hatchments
, funerary memorials which marked the passing of local dignitaries from the Zetland and Lowther families.
The risk, however, has been great, and Sampson tries to hint at her future: 'As you are great in goodness, so shine there still and let the sunrays of your virtues ever yield honoured hatchments
and portments to your most noble father and his honoured families, of whom you are a principal column' (23-6).
I was this very irritating little Lord Fauntleroy who liked nothing better than floating around churchyards admiring the funeral hatchments
Sherlock therefore makes clear that he is examining tombs as the interactive, yet permanent, aspect of Early Modern funerary ritual, which remained when the cenotaphs, coffins, hangings and hatchments
may all have passed away.
Death and madness overshadow high society throughout the novel, from the moment when Becky Sharp first enters Great Gaunt Street, with its hatchments
and closed shutters, "in which gloomy locality death seems to reign perpetual" (67).
The Friends of Skelton old Church are raising funds to match half the restoration costs being funded by The Earl of Ronaldshay to restore one of four locally significant funerary hatchments
The walls of the Church of Our Lady display six 5ft-square rare funeral hatchments
The event will raise funds for the Church Conservation Trust and to help with the restoration of four funerary hatchments
- paintings produced during the last 300 years to mark the deaths of local dignitaries.