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Title The Marriage of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville
Alternative Title The Marriage of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York
Collection Northampton Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Spanish Forger (painter, 19th-20th cs.)
Previously attributed to British School
Date Earliest about 1880
Date Latest probably 1910

The central panel of this small triptych depicts the marriage between a king, who has been identified as Edward IV, and a woman, presumably Elizabeth Woodville. The couple are watched by a number of onlookers and further figures are depicted on each wing, two either side.

The triptych appears to be late medieval; however, it is probably nineteenth century in date and is believed to be a work of an unidentified painter known as the Spanish Forger, who was, in fact, probably French and worked around the turn of the twentieth century.

Current Accession Number 1993.162
Former Accession Number P.102
Subject figure; interior; religion (marriage)
Measurements 43.0 x 64 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Given by Mrs Selby Henrey and Miss Helen Lindsay 1914.
Provenance Sir Coutts Lindsay; probably by descent to Mrs Selby Henrey and Miss Helen Lindsay.

Dimensions stated above are the overall measurements of the triptych when open. Dimensions of the individual panels: 1) left wing (including integral frame), 37.8 x 15.7 cm; 2) central panel, 35.0 x 26.3 cm; 3) right wing (including integral frame), 37.8 x 14.0 cm.

The painting received considerable attention in the late 1950s when research was conducted in order to determine its authorship and subject matter. Nothing of significance was uncovered at the time; Patrick Lindsay of Sotheby's attributed the painting to a late nineteenth-century forger. In information sent to the National Gallery (2000), the Keeper at Northampton entitled the triptych The Marriage of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, British School, about 1509, although she noted that both the subject and date were dubious. Subsequently, William Voelkle, curator of manuscripts in the Morgan Library, has attributed the triptych to the Spanish Forger. As the triptych was donated to the museum in 1914, it is likely that the work was an early forgery by the artist.

Rights Owner Northampton Museum and Art Gallery
Author Pablo Pérez d'Ors; Dr Angela Smith



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