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The ceiling in the Robing Room could be completed only after Dyce's death, in 1864, had once more made access to the room possible. E.M. Barry's work of this period is more ornate and three-dimensional than that of his father and Pugin, some twenty or more years earlier.

The ceiling is coffered in the style of the first part of the 16th century, with decoration of heraldic stencils in the style of AW Pugin. They show personal badges of the kings of England, including the White Hart of Richard II, the Swan of Henry VI and the Portcullis, which Henry VII inherited from his Beaufort ancestors. This last image was used by Barry and Pugin throughout the new Palace of Westminster, and has become one of the most familiar symbols of Parliament.

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