Brass Rubbing: William de Fulbourne


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Artifact Identification Brass Rubbing: William de Fulbourne   (1982.05.0152)
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Artist/Maker Kathleen H. Cairns.
Geographic Location
Period/Date Medieval, 1391 CE
Culture British, English

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 277.8 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 96.0 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 1.0 cm
Weight 452 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 Vivid Yellow (5Y 8.5/12) Moderate Yellowish Brown (10YR 5/4) Strong Red (5R 5/12) Yellowish Gray (10YR 7/2)

Research Remarks

Published Description

From the Catalogue, An Exhibition of Medieval Brass Rubbings by Kathleen H. Cairns. "William de Fulbourne, 1391, canon of St. Paul's, London. In processional cope with almuce. His initials are embroidered on the orphrey. INSCRIPITON: Here I am given to the worms, and this I try to show that as I am laid aside here, so all honor is laid aside. from Bontell: This may be regarded as the earliest known example of a coped brass. It is of very large dimensions, having above the effigy a lofty canopy. Of the border legend there remain only the words following:— HIC. IACET. DOMINVS. WILLMUS. DE. FVLBVRNE. QVONDAM. CANONICVS. ECCLESIAR. SCI. PAVLI. LONDON.... At the feet of the effigy are the lines, VERMIBS. HIC. DONOR—ET. SIC. OSTENDERE. CONOR. QVD. SICVD. HIC. PONOR. PONIT. OMNIS. HONOR. Two shields of arms are lost. The morse of the cope is charged with armorial insignia,—a saltire, between four martlets: and the initial letters, W.F., appear in the apparels of the cope.

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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 #10. 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. Bontell, Rev. Charles. Monumental Brasses of England (1849), p. 22.

Artifact History

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

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