UNKNOWN MASTER, English
(active around 1260 in Lincoln)

Female figure

c. 1260
Sandstone
Cathedral, Lincoln

This sandstone figure is on the buttress of the Angel Choir of Lincoln Cathedral. It was suggested - without any justification whatever - that it represented Edward I's second wife, Margaret of France. Investigations established that the head is original, dating from the time when the statue - otherwise restored in the 19th century - was made. It is one of the few English Gothic sculptures of high quality to have survived.