Brass Rubbing: Sir John de Creke


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Artifact Identification Brass Rubbing: Sir John de Creke   (1982.05.0150)
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Artist/Maker Kathleen H. Cairns.
Geographic Location
Period/Date Medieval, 1325 CE
Culture British, English

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 196.5 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 87.5 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 1.0 cm
Weight 187 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) White (5Y 9/.5)

Research Remarks

Published Description

From the catalog, An Exhibition of Medieval Brass Rubbings by Kathleen H. Cairns. "Sir John de Creke, c. 1325. In armor of the cylas period with shield. Wife Alyne. Her brass is said to be a true portrait. Near her right foot is a mark of the artist or the guild to which he belonged. The mark is an N reversed. Above it a cross, on the let side a star, on the right side a crescent. It is the earliest known case where the mark of the artist or guild is on the brass. Double canopy and inscription lost. Sir John was killed in a duel about 1317 over a dispute with Sir Thomas de Burgh, of Burgh Green as to which village should own the common land between them. The shield is purposely left broken on the brass as a reminder. Later research says Sir Thomas was killed also."

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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 #14. 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 Cover. 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. Image in invitations to holiday events in: 1988P.0011 and 1993P.0017. Cairns, Kathleen H. An Exhibition of Medieval Brass Rubbings, October 20 through November 19. Catalog #7

Artifact History

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

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