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ca. 1509 + 1893 - 'Hiëronymus Lauweryn (Lauwerijn), Lord of Watervliet (+1509) and probably Jacqueline Pedaert (+1502)', Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Hemelvaartkerk, Watervliet, Sint-Laureins, province of East Flanders, Belgium | by roelipilami (Roel Renmans)
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ca. 1509 + 1893 - 'Hiëronymus Lauweryn (Lauwerijn), Lord of Watervliet (+1509) and probably Jacqueline Pedaert (+1502)', Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Hemelvaartkerk, Watervliet, Sint-Laureins, province of East Flanders, Belgium

Hiëronymus Lauweryn, of humble Flemish origins, rose rapidly to fame becoming treasurer of Flanders and councillor of Duke Philip the Fair of Burgundy, son of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I and Mary of Burgundy.

 

Hiëronymus invested heavily in creating new polders in the Scheldt delta, where he founded the city of Watervliet in 1504 (which became a village after the French Revolution) and the city of Philippine in 1506 (now in the Netherlands, named after Duke Philip). He was knighted in 1503.

Hiëronymus wasn't only a businessman but also a music-lover. His "chansonnier", consisting of chansons and motets, is currently in the collection of the British Library in London.

 

Hiëronymus is depicted on his gravestone together with, probably, his first wife Jacqueline Pedaert who died in 1502.

The effigy was destroyed during the French Revolution but reconstructed with plaster and some original parts in 1893 by sculptor Rémi Léonard Rooms. He based his reconstruction on texts describing what the effigy looked like. No old illustrations of the effigy have survived.

The different materials are easy to recognise.

For instance the upper left corner showing his tilting helmet and some parts of Hiëronymus's arms and legs are authentic.

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Taken on July 18, 2010