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Blessing the Crusaders
  • Thomas Stothard
    1755–1834
    born: London, England, United Kingdom ; died: London, England, United Kingdom
  • Blessing the Crusaders, circa 1780s
  • Where object was made: England, United Kingdom
  • oil on canvas
  • Canvas/Support: 42.9 x 55.1 cm
    Canvas/Support: 16 7/8 x 21 11/16 in
  • Museum purchase
  • Not on display
  • 1958.0030
Description

Group of figures in an interior. Bishop stands center with a hand raised (blessing) over a kneeling soldier in a cloak holding a banner/ standard on a step. Other figures are kneeling to the left, the foremost of which holds a spear. There is a stained glass window in the top center, perhaps indicating that the interior is a church. Civilian figures are to the right. Two children (altar boys?) in white garments are in the forefront, one holding a suspended object (censor?) and he other holding a pole. A group of adults, one holding a crook, is behind them. There is an altar with a chalice (?) and a child behind the central figures.