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Exhibitions and records of works of art

Prince Albert recognised the importance of photography to record and document notable exhibitions and works of art


'Martyrdom of L. Saunders'; The Martyrdom of Laurence Saunders at Coventry 


Albumen print | 19.4 x 14.8 cm (image) | RCIN 2081504

Photograph of the right and final panel of the triptych 'The Martyrdom of Laurence Saunders at Coventry' by Charles West Cope (1811-90). The painting depicts a man, likely Saunders, standing outside. Her holds his hands together in front of his chest and gazes up at the sky. Two guards stand before him, walking towards the background, and two men stand behind him. There is a stake and a large crowd in the background.

At the time of the photograph, she painting was in the collection of Mrs Thurburn. The painting is now held by the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry.  

  • Creator(s)

    Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67) (photographer)

    After Charles West Cope (1811-90) (artist)

  • 19.4 x 14.8 cm (image)

    54.5 x 35.8 cm (page dimensions)

  • Presented to Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
        • Secular architecture
          • Prisons