T Moore & J Fisher, St’s Simon & Jude’s Church RC, Streatham

When I was working on this commission I arranged an appointment to visit the Archives of the National Portrait Gallery where a curator retrieved the very drawings made by Hans Holbein the Younger of Saints Thomas Moore, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and John Fisher,Bishop of Rochester, who were both executed by King Henry VIII for High treason. “The effect of the treason was denying the king to be Supreme Head of the Church of England, according to a statute, The Act of Supremacy, made in the last session of Parliament”.
I then also visited the Tower of London where the then incumbent Governor of the Tower, Major-General Christopher Tyler.  personally took me to the cells where Thomas Moore and John Fisher had been held captive before their executions. It seemed important to me to get as much a real sense of the last days of the lives of these men whilst making the window.
Major Tyler told me he was a Catholic and was in fact the first Catholic Governor at the Tower since the Reformation.



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