Monument to Sara Colvile
Monument to Sara Colvile
Monument to Sara Colvile
Monument to Sara Colvile
Monument to Sara Colvile
Monument to Sara Colvile
Monument to Sara Colvile

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Monument to Sara Colvile




alabaster & marble

Accession number


Acquisition method

commissioned by the Colville family

Work type

Tomb or mausoleum


Colville family


Chelsea Old Church

Work status



time restrictions apply

Inscription description

frieze: FOR THE TRVMPET SHALL BLOWE AND THE DEAD SHALL BE / RAISED VP INCORRVPTIBLE AND WEE SHALL BE CHANGED. / 1 CORINTHIANS VERS 52; on coffin: AND YOV SHALL KNOW THAT I AM THE / LORD, WHEN I HAVE OPENED YOVR GRAVES / O MY PEOPLE AND BROVGHT YOV VP / OVT OF YOVR SEPVLCHRES. EZEKIEL 37 / VERS 13; tablet left: SACRED / TO YE BLESSED MEMORY OF THAT / UNSTAYNED COPY & RARE EXAMPLE / OF ALL VIRTVE / SARA / WIFE TO RICHARD COLVILE OF NEVTON / IN YE ILE OF ELY IN YE COVNTY OF / CAMBRIDG ESQ DAVGHTER TO / THOMAS LAVRENCE / OF IVER IN YE COVNTY OF BVCKINGHA ESQ / WHO IN YE 40TH YEARE OF HER / AGE RECEIVED YE GLORIOVS REWARD / OF HER CONSTANT PIETY / BEING YE HAPPY MOTHER OF 8 SONS / AND 2 DAVGHTERS.; tablet right: Wonder not (reader) how this stone / Should be so smooth & pure: there's one / That lyes within't, by whose fayre light / It shines so cleere & looks so bright / The Cutters art could only give / A forme unto't: no power to live; / Nor shall it ever loose this grace / Till she arise & leave the place; / For losse of whome ye mournfull Vrne / Shall fire, and to Cynders turne. / SHE DYED YE 17TH OF APRILL / 1631.


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Located at

Chelsea Old Church, Kensington and Chelsea


Located in the Lawrence Chapel.