The Virgin Mary
Limestone, the Virgin Mary, probably British (English) School, probably 19th century. A limestone figure of the Virgin Mary with halo, holding lilies, a traditional attribute symbolising her purity, in the proper right hand. Part of a set of figures, with a saint with a pagan or demon at his feet (possibly Saint Geminian of Modena, NT 516613) and a bishop (NT 516615), all considerably weathered. Mounted on a stone pedestal.
Purchased by Urban Huttleston Rogers Broughton, 1st Lord Fairhaven (1896-1966), from Thomas Crowther, receipted invoice dated 23 September 1929 for 'stone vase from Ashridge Park [i.e. NT 516653], 3 stone figures 'saints', large marble figure Ashridge Park [i.e. NT 516675], 3 stone pedestals'; bequeathed to the National Trust by Lord Fairhaven in 1966 with the house and the rest of the contents.
Anglesey Abbey, The Fairhaven Collection (The National Trust)
Christie, Manson & Woods 1971: The National Trust, Anglesey Abbey, Cambridge. Inventory: Furniture, Textiles, Porcelain, Bronzes, Sculpture and Garden Ornaments’, 1971, p. 158.