MEDIEVAL SCULPTOR, English
(active in 1290s)
Tomb of Edmund "Crouchback"1296-1300
Westminster Abbey, London
In England, like in France in the same period, much of the most individual sculptural work went into private family enterprises like tombs. The English royal family commissioned some splendid tombs, many of which still survive in Westminster Abbey. That of Edmund Crouchback (died 1296) survives virtually intact. It has a large canopy, and, like other contemporary French monuments, the sides are ornamented with family "weepers".