Plaque, 1554, Champlevé enamel on copper V&A Museum no. 4358-1857 People
Sir Thomas Tonge (d.1536) was Clarenceux King of Arms, an important post in the College of Arms.
His wife Susan (d.1565) survived her husband by 30 years and became First Lady of the Privy Chamber to Mary 1.
As a Roman Catholic, she would not have been able to commission such a plaque until Mary Tudor became Queen in 1553, 18 years after the death of Thomas.
Protestants did not approve of memorials of this sort.


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