Monument 2: John Morgan and Sir William Morgan
This very fine marble pedimented double monument, the largest in the chapel is 8 feet (2440mm) wide and 15 feet (4600mm) tall and bears two large white Carrara marble cambered-headed plaques with extensive inscriptions. These are bordered with arched frames of rich grey veined marble, with a cherub’s head. At each side are Corinthian columns of brecciated marble, similar to Breccia di Seravezza found in Tuscany which support the triangular pediment with its further winged cherub.
Above the pediment is a large carved marble shield decorated with Morgan and Cavendish arms. This is flanked by two supporters which are servants with gilded hunting horns. The central shield is painted and gilded, as are the visor and collar of the armorial ‘helm’ and the stags head above. Either side of the pediment is a flame finial, with their bases decorated with acanthus leaves.
The plain base supports a moulded plinth course and low-level frieze with a central shield and ornately carved white statuary marble panels and finely carved frieze blocks on each side.
The monument is bordered by a thick black mourning band painted on the wall and the golden urns have shadows painted on the wall behind. These features were only discovered during conservation works in 2020.
To learn more about John Morgan Esq. and his wife Martha click here
To learn more about Sir William Morgan and his wife Lady Rachel Martha click here