Brass Rubbing: Thomas Chaucer, Esq., and Maud


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Artifact Identification Brass Rubbing: Thomas Chaucer, Esq., and Maud   (1982.05.0010)
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Artist/Maker Kathleen H. Cairns.
Geographic Location
Period/Date Medieval, 1434 CE
Culture British, English

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 113.0 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 79.0 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 1.0 cm
Weight 157 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) Yellowish Gray (10YR 7/2)

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Published Description

Description from exhibit catalog English Brass Rubbings by Kathleen Cairns: "Ewelme--Thomas Chaucer, 1434. Lord of the manor. He represented Oxford seven times in Parliament and was speaker of the House of Commons in 1414. Patron of the church at Ewelme. In full plate armour with the unicorn from his crest at his feet. His wife, Matilda Burghersh, 1436, in mantle, veil and wimple with the Burghersh fork-tailed lion from her crest at her feet. Thomas was the son of Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400). Champhered inscription not rubbed." From the catalogue, An Exhibition of Medieval Brass Rubbings by Kathleen H. Cairns: "Thomas Chaucer, 1434, Esquire, Lord of the Manor and patron of the church. In complete plate or Lancastrian armor. With his widow, Maud, daughter and co-heir of John Burghersh of Ewelme, 1436. She wears the dress of a widow."

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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 #31. Felgate, T.M. Knights on Suffolk Brasses. East Anglian Magazine Ltd. Ipswich, Sufflok 1976. Spinke, Winifred. A Memento from Old England. Bury St. Edmunds, n.d. Medieval Brass Rubbings (exhibit catalogue), Pittsburgh, 1969. Brass Rubbings: A Pageant of History (exhibit catalogue), Champaign, 1966 English Brass Rubbings (exhibit catalogue), Williamsburg, VA, 1971. Cairns, Kathleen H. An Exhibition of Medieval Brass Rubbings, December 7, 1969 through January 4, 1970. Frick Fine Arts Building, University of Pittsburgh. Catalog #67. Cairns, Kathleen H. An Exhibition of Medieval Brass Rubbings, October 20 through November 19. Catalog #53.

Artifact History

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

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