CORNELIUS VARLEY | All Saints Church, Dunwich, Suffolk
The work is well preserved and well presented. There are a number of tiny foxmarks but these are only visible on very close inspection and do not interfere with the image. In a raking light it is possible to make out a soft crease that runs across the sheet from left to right. Again, this can only be seen on close inspection. There are a number of skilful repairs to the extreme edges of the sheet, which are covered by the existing mount.
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Due to coastal erosion, the village of Dunwich - an important medieval town - began crumbling into the sea in the thirteenth century. The Norman church of All Saints Church succumbed to the same fate in 1904.