Richard Royley

(d. 1589)

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(dbefore 29 Sept 1589). English sculptor. He was a prolific sculptor of alabaster tombs and engraver of incised slabs at Burton on Trent, Staffs. His work represents both the continuation of a medieval tradition and its artistic decline. His name first appears in 1571 as ‘Roiles’, the maker of Francis Shirley's tomb at SS Mary and Hardulph's, Breedon on the Hill, Leics, but the workshop can be traced back stylistically to the 1530s. Royley was working in Burton on Trent in 1550; his work exhibits a decline in standards of carving from the late 1550s. By the early 1580s Royley had been joined by his son Gabriel (bur 24 May 1605). Their contracts of 1582 and 1585 for the tombs of ThomasFermor at St James, Somerton, Oxon, and ofJohnShirley at Breedon on the Hill survive.


From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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