Why are the Tudor Paintings by Lambert Barnard so important?
Lambert Barnard (1485 - 1567) was a local, early Tudor painter whose close twenty year collaboration with his patron Bishop Sherburne resulted in the creation of an exceptional and unique group of Tudor paintings.
Who was Lambert Barnard?
Henry VIII by Lambert Barnard
Lambert Barnard (c1435 - 1567) was an English painter, most likely to have been a local of Chichester.
He worked for Bishop Sherburne for more than twenty years. During this time he painted the vaulted ceilings of the Cathedral with delicate leaves and foliage (right), the bold and beautiful ceiling of the Tudor Room in the Bishop's Palace as well as the ceiling of Boxgrove Priory and the Nine Ladies Worthy Panels of Amberley Castle (now in the Pallant House Gallery). He even painted a modest townscape on the walls of his home in South Street.
Displaying a clear talent, there are many layers of meaning hidden in the Tudor Paintings, more of which we hope will be discovered during the stabilisation work. In 1533, at the elderly Sherburne's request, the Dean and Chapter of Chichester Cathedral granted Lambert Barnard an annual payment in recognition of 'his long and good service'.
'Chichester has had the wit to preserve something very rare and precious: propaganda art which pulls us right back into the Tudor age, and the splendours, passions and perils of the English Reformation. The paintings are also resonant of the deep pride of Tudor Sussex in its already venerable heritage. It is up to us now to do justice to these treasures of Tudor religion and power politics by in turn handing them on safely to generations to come'
Professor of the History of the Church, University of Oxford
'Gaining immediate attention by their sheer size, even in their present state of preservation, the panels are immediately understood as both a representation of events in Chichester Cathedral's history and and as a complex exercise in story-telling'
Art Historian and expert in the work of Lambert Barnard
Henry VIII Tudor coins c1532
How much was Lambert Barnard paid to paint the Tudor Paintings?
Bishop Sherburne instructed that Lambert Barnard be paid an annual rate of £14 8s to work in the Cathedral. At 8 1/2d a day this was a generous wage for Lambert Barnard.