image MS_131_60
Image number: RS.16388
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Monument in Kirby Thore, Westmorland




Henry Hunt (d.1713, British), Artist

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height (paper): 318mm
width (paper): 218mm


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These are copies made by Henry Hunt in 1684, under the direction of Martin Lister, of drawings of monuments and inscriptions found in Cumberland and Westmorland made during a heraldic visit (1664-65) by William Dugdale (1605-1686) as Norroy King of Arms (jurisdiction of England North of Trent). The drawings from which Hunt made the copies are now in London, College of Arms, MS C. 39. For Gregory King’s (1649-1712) role as clerk and draftsman for William Dugdale, see J. Hoppit’s entry in ODNB.


Ink on paper.
Inscriptions on monuments: Erutus fuit iste Lapis apud/ Kirby Thure, in Loco ubi/Munitio Romanorum olim/fuit; et super viam milita-/rem ducentem versus Caer-teolum; et nunc est penes Iohannem Wharton de /Kirby Thure Armi-/garum.

over a drawing of the carvings: ex uno laterici hoc; ex altero autem hoc similiter sculptum.
Monogram of Henry Hunt
Transcribed by the Making Visible project

Object history

At the meeting of the Royal Society on 30 April 1684, 'Dr. Lister acquainted the Society, that Sir William Dugdale having several Roman antiquities in his books not yet made public was willing, that the Society might peruse them, and take draughts of them: Upon which the doctor was desired to return the Society’s thanks to Sir William Dugdale, and to take the trouble of giving directions to Mr. Hunt what he should copy' (Birch 4:291).

Antiquarian objects from Kirkby Thore had been shown to the Royal Society two weeks earlier. At the meeting on 16 April, 1684, ‘Dr. Lister produced a letter, which had been written by Mr. Thomas Machell of Kirkby-thore in Westmoreland to Sir William Dugdale, dated March 25, 1684, concerning some antiquities lately found there; as some old earthen vessels with pieces of urns, one piece of a drinking glass, and several sorts of sandals. The figures of all these were carefully delineated, together with the inscriptions. There was also a piece of a broken vessel shewn, of a reddish colour; the relief upon it being greyhounds in pursuit of stags’ (Birch 4:286).

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Martin Lister (1639-1712, British), Physician

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