Brass Rubbing: William and Marion Grevel


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Artifact Identification Brass Rubbing: William and Marion Grevel   (1982.05.0028)
Classification Communication Artifacts : Documentary Artifacts : Graphic Documents
Artist/Maker Kathleen H. Cairns.
Geographic Location Europe, West, United Kingdom, Gloucestershire, Chipping Camden
Period/Date Medieval, 1401 CE
Culture British, English

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 270.0 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 144.5 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 1.0 cm
Weight 557 g
Measuring Remarks Width refers to the horizontal measure of the rubbing (dowel rod and hooks). Depth indicates the thickness of the dowel rod from which the piece is suspended.
Materials Paper, Plant--Wood, Metal--Steel, Pigment
Manufacturing Processes Rubbing
Munsell Color Information Black (N 2/ 3.1% R) White (N 9.5/ 90.0% R) Moderate Yellowish Brown (10YR 5/4)

Research Remarks

Published Description

From the catalogue, An Exhibition of Medieval Brass Rubbings by Kathleen H. Cairns. "William Grevel, 1401, with wife Marion, 1386. A citizen of London and a prominent woolman. In civil dress with anelace. His merchant marks are in the pediments of the mutilated canopy. Four shields bear his colors. INSCRIPTION: Here lies William Grevel of Campden one time citizen off London, fleece merchant... who died the first day of the month of October A.D. 1401. Here lies Marion wife of the aforesaid mentioned William who died the 10th day of the month of September A.D. 1386. May God have mercy on their souls." From Bontell: This truly noble brass must be regarded as a fitting memorial for the munificent rebuilder of the church within the walls of which he now lies buried, and who could be characterised as FLOS . MCATOR . LANAR . TOCIVS ANGLIE, the flower of the wool-merchants of the whole realm of England. The double canopy which surmounts the effigies has a central shaft; and in the spandrels of the two heads of the canopy itself are foiled circles containing the merchant's mark, while above are four shields, all charged with the same armorial cognizance. The border-legend comprises two distinct and complete commemorative inscriptions. -Source Unknown.

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Cairns, Kathleen H. An Exhibition of Medieval Brass Rubbings, December 7, 1969 through January 4, 1970. Frick Fine Arts Building, University of Pittsburgh. Catalog #24. Cairns, Kathleen H. An Exhibition of Brass Rubbings from the Collection of Kathleen H. Cairns, December 5, 1971 - January 14, 1972. Botetourt Gallery and Museum, Swem Library, College of William and Mary. Catalog #13. Felgate, T.M. Knights on Suffolk Brasses. East Anglian Magazine Ltd. Ipswich, Suffolk 1976. Spinke, Winifred. A Memento from Old England. Bury St. Edmunds, n.d. Medieval Brass Rubbings (exhibit catalogue), Pittsburgh, 1969. English Brass Rubbings (exhibit catalogue), Williamsburg, VA, 1971. Bontell, Rev. Charles. Monumental Brasses of England (1849), p. 48. Cairns, Kathleen H. An Exhibition of Medieval Brass Rubbings, October 20 through November 19. Catalog#9.

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Gift of Kathleen H. Cairns
Reproduction no
Reproduction Information N/A

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