Brass Rubbing: Ralph Hamerstley


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Artifact Identification Brass Rubbing: Ralph Hamerstley   (1982.05.0013)
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Artist/Maker Kathleen H. Cairns.
Geographic Location
Period/Date Medieval, 1510 CE
Culture British, English

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 122.7 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 66.0 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 1.0 cm
Weight 153 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 White (5Y 9/.5) Black (N 1/ 1.2% R) White (N 9.5/ 90.0% R)

Research Remarks

Published Description

Description from exhibit catalog English Brass Rubbings by Kathleen Cairns: "Oddington--Ralph Hamsterley, c. 1510. Rector of the church at Oddington, Fellow of Merton College, Oxford. He died in 1518 and had the brass engraved and laid down in the chancel of his church before his death. He is shown as a skeleton in shroud eaten by worms. Shroud brasses appeared about the middle of the 15th century, especially in the eastern counties."

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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 #33. 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. English Brass Rubbings (exhibit catalogue), Williamsburg, VA, 1971. Howden, Jacqueline.Brass Rubbing Catalogue. Bucks, England: Clark Paterson Limited. p. 51.

Artifact History

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

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