English family of architects. The first documented member is Adam Vertue (fl 1475–85), who worked in royal service at Westminster Abbey and, from 1477 to 1485, at Eltham Palace, where he made carvings for 11 chimneys. His sons (1) Robert Vertue I and (2) William Vertue worked both for the king and for other patrons. Robert Vertue II (fl 1506–55), the son of Robert I, is mentioned in his father's will and should probably be equated with the master mason of Evesham Abbey (until the Dissolution in 1539), where the fan vault of the Lichfield Chapel reveals knowledge of the work of Robert I and William.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.