William Torel by Frank Lynn Jenkins. Exhibition Road façade of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Lonndon. “William Torell, also spelled Torel, Torrel, Torrell, Toral etc, (working late 13th century), from a notable family of London goldsmiths, was an English sculptor responsible for the very fine gilded brass funeral effigies of Henry III of England and his son's queen Eleanor of Castile in Westminster Abbey . . . In the mid-nineteenth century Torell's reputation was high enough, and the numbers of named English medieval artists low enough, that he was included among the sculptors in the Frieze of Parnassus on the Albert Memorial in London, as well given both a statue on the Exhibition Road facade of the Victoria and Albert Museum , and a full-length mosaic portrait” by Richard Burchett on the exterior walls to the south court.” — Wikipedia

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