Brass Rubbing: Thomas Goodryke, Bishop of Ely


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Artifact Identification Brass Rubbing: Thomas Goodryke, Bishop of Ely   (1982.05.0156)
  1. Communication Artifacts
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  3. Documentary Artifacts
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  5. Graphic Documents
Artist/Maker Kathleen H. Cairns.
Geographic Location
Period/Date Medieval, 1554 CE
Culture British, English

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 170.0 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 58.5 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 1.7 cm
Weight 242 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 1.25/ 1.6% R) Strong Red (5R 5/12) Yellowish Gray (5Y 8.5/1)

Research Remarks

Published Description

From Bontell: ...the effigy was originally placed beneath a single canopy: but this canopy, with four shields, a foot-legend, three small scrolls, and about half the border-fillet with its inscription, and two angle-emblems, are now lost. The effigy itself is almost perfect; it represents the prelate in his full episcopal vestments, as he wore them after the Reformation: he holds in his right hand a bible; and having been appointed Lord Chancellor A.D. 1551, he also holds the Great Seal. Three small scrolls yet remain on the slab to which this brass is affixed; they severally bear the words, SI DEVS—CONTRA—GOODRYKE. The evangelistic emblems in this example are placed within large roses: but of these only two are preserved. There remain of the inscription on the border-fillet, the following words only:— ....FORIS ENI APUD EXTEROS PRICEPES SEPE LEGATUS DOMI QUIDEM CUM REGI EDWARDO EIUS NOIS SEXTO ALIQUADIU CONSILIARIUS EXTITISSET. MAGNUS TANDEM ANGLIE FACTUS CANCELLARIUS CHARIOR NE PRINCIPI PROPTER SINGULARE PRUDENCIA AN AMABILIOR PPLO PROPTER INTEGRITATE ET ABSTINENTIA FUERIT AD INDICANDU EST PERQ. DIFFICILE. OBIIT Xe DIE MAIJ.... Bontell, Monumental Brasses of England (1849).

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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), pp. 17-19

Artifact History

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

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