The Library

Religious Subjects > Angels


1. Early 16th-century oak angel corbel bearing a heraldic shield, which is shaped so that it may be read from below.  The wings are folded back behind the body and, unusually, are uncarved.  Probably Netherlandish.

2. Pair of French oak angels resting on clouds, Normandy c.1600.

3. Large and deeply carved Gothic oak spandrel of an angel holding a crown.  Behind the head is a halo, one wing spread out behind the crown, the other folded down the back.

4.  Pair of late 15th-century English oak angels bearing heraldic shields above a cloud.  The arms are probably carved to represent William Smyth (c.1460-1514), one of the founders of Brasenose College, Oxford, and Bishop of Lincoln.