The Martyrdom of Margaret Clitheroe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the summer I pieced together narrative Illustrations of The Martyrdom of the saint, Margaret Clitheroe.

This involved research to inform the designs, photos, and observational sketches. Historical research helped me to piece together an accurate telling of her last days in The Shambles, Kings Square and Monk Bar, and the site thought to be that of her execution in York in 1586.

Pencil and Pen sketch.
This scene depicts Margaret Clitheroe being taken away by the Authorities in The Shambles.

This is the Main Reference picture for the above sketch

The Shambles a Black and white photograph taken in 1901.

I needed this Photo mostly for the shape

And detailing of the rooftops.

Another Black and white Photograph but only in style this clearly a more Modern photograph

Final Illustration on Tissue.

The Martyrdom of Margaret Clitheroe part 1 of 3.

Dimensions 26cm x 30cm

Pencil and Pen.

This scene depicts Margaret Clitheroe being dragged off to the execution site through Kings Square.

The Research for the next drawing was relatively easy I went to the actual site and did some observational sketches but through documenting Kings Square I found out that a piece of it was missing that was there in Margaret Clitheroe’s time but was no longer where it should be? a church called the Holy Trinity In kings Square was knocked down in the late 1800’s when it fell into disrepair.

ITS INCREDIBLY INTERESTING LOCAL TO FIND OUT A GREAT TIP BIT OF KNOWLEDGE ON A PLACE YOU THOUGHT U KNEW SO WELL

Other than that I used this modern photograph of Kings Square.

I like the composition of the buildings all squashed together.

Final Illustration on Tissue.

The Martyrdom of Margaret Clitheroe part 2 of 3.

Dimensions 26cm x 30cm

For the last Illustration I had to find out where exactly she had been executed?

Because all historical research found said only that she was taken out side of the city gate in the walls and executed which doesn’t mean much in a city like York which has numerous walls Monk bar Micklegate bar Bootham bar and Walmgate bar.

I summarized that it must have been Monk bar seeming it was an infamous place to torture and execute Catholics in the 15th century.

Here are my reference Images for Monk Bar;

Black and white Drawing                                    Black and white Photograph 1900’s

Final Illustration on Tissue.

The Martyrdom of Margaret Clitheroe part 3 of 3.

Dimensions 26cm x 30cm

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