The Wolsey Angels

The V&A acquired four bronze angels, originally designed for the tomb of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, chief advisor to King Henry VIII and once one of the most powerful men in England. The four Angels were created between 1524 and 1529 and they and other components of the tomb were taken over by Henry VIII to form the basis of his own tomb, after Wolsey’s death in 1530.

Wolsey Angels in place at the Victoria and Albert Museum
The Wolsey Angels
  • Wolsey Angels in place at the Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Actor Paul Jesson who plays Cardinal Wolsey in Hilary Mantel's book 'Wolf Hall'
Applicant: 
Victoria and Albert Museum
Location: 
Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL
Region: 
London
Grant awarded: 
£2,000,000
Year awarded: 
2014