Henry VII’s Chapel, Westminster, represents a solution to the problem of how to create a visually unified and consistently decorated interior. It also represents the transformation into architectural form of the tradition of epideictic rhetoric - the elaborate praising of personages of high degree. Furthermore, it was the most important structure built in the early sixteenth century in England. It is surprising, therefore, that little attention has been paid to it by modern scholars.
Professor Lethaby, writing in 1906 and again in 1925, attributed the design of Henry VII’s Chapel to Robert Vertue. More recently, Professor Webb and Mr Harvey have suggested that the vaulting was designed by William Vertue, c. 1510. These attributions to the Vertues are based on the fact, among others, that Robert Vertue was the first named in a list of the King’s three master masons who gave an estimate for a proposed tomb for Henry VII in 1506.