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Walters Ms. W.769, English Brasses

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English Brasses

Text title
Brass rubbings


As-written name: Woodcock, John


Calligrapher John Woodcock handwrote, illustrated, and bound this book on English brasses. The manuscript contains drawings of brass rubbings of many knights and nobles, including Sir John d'Abernon, Thomas de Hope, and Nichol de Gore, as well as noblewomen such as the wives of Reginald de Malyns, Nicholas Wadham, and Nicholas Wotton. The names and dates in the titles for the images are based directly on the green ink inscriptions accompanying the illuminations.


Dated 1949 CE


Kingsweed, Surrey, England


As-written name: Woodcock, John


As-written name: Woodcock, John






The primary language in this manuscript is English.

fol. 8r:
  1. Transliteration: Written & illuminated & bound by John Woodcock 1949

Support material


White bond paper; watermark "J Green"


Foliation: 12

Eight numbered folios; one blank folio in front and three blank folios in back are unfoliated, but integral to quire structure and therefore not flyleaves; modern pencil foliation in upper right corners of rectos


Formula: 1(12)

Catchwords: None

Signatures: None

Comments: Manuscript comprised of one single large quire


28.3 cm wide by 39.0 cm high

fols. 1r - 8v:
  1. Title: Brass rubbings
  2. Contents: Brasses of English nobles; each illustration with description of English brasses during particular time period
  3. Hand note: Text in adapted versals
  4. Decoration note: Manuscript comprised of drawings of brass rubbings; black ink with yellow tint; seven initials with raised or burnished gold; black ink headings in Roman capitals; green ink used for captions


Upper board outside:

  1. W.769, Upper board outside
  2. Title: Sir John d'Aubernoun the Younger on upper board outside
  3. Form: Brass rubbing mounted on upper board

fol. 1r:

  1. W.769, fol. 1r
  2. Title: Thomas de Hope
  3. Form: Drawings of brass rubbings

fol. 2r:

  1. W.769, fol. 2r
  2. Title: Jon Mulsho and his wife Joan
  3. Form: Drawings of brass rubbings

fol. 3r:

  1. W.769, fol. 3r
  2. Title: Bishop Yso von Wilpe at Verden, Hanover, 1231
  3. Form: Drawings of brass rubbings

fol. 3v:

  1. W.769, fol. 3v
  2. Title: Sir John d'Abernon at Stoke d'Abernon, Surrey
  3. Form: Drawings of brass rubbings

fol. 4r:

  1. W.769, fol. 4r
  2. Title: Sir Robert de Setvans, Chartham, Kent, 1306
  3. Form: Drawings of brass rubbings

fol. 4v:

  1. W.769, fol. 4v
  2. Title: Reginald de Malyns and his two wives, at Chinnor, Oxfordshire, 1385
  3. Form: Drawings of brass rubbings

fol. 5r:

  1. W.769, fol. 5r
  2. Title: Pictorial compartment below the feet of Adam de Waisokne, 1349, King's Lynn, Norfolk
  3. Form: Drawings of brass rubbings

fol. 5v:

  1. W.769, fol. 5v
  2. Title: Sir Nicolas Hawberk, 1407, third husband of Lady Joan Cobham, Cobham, Kent
  3. Form: Drawings of brass rubbings

fol. 6r:

  1. W.769, fol. 6r
  2. Title: Illustrations (from left to right) include Nicholas Wotton with his wife and family, 1490, at Boughton Malherbe, Kent; two knights and two ladies, 1490-1510, at Writtle, Essex
  3. Form: Drawings of brass rubbings

fol. 6v:

  1. W.769, fol. 6v
  2. Title: Robert Langton DCL, 1518, Queen's College, Oxford
  3. Form: Drawings of brass rubbings

fol. 7r:

  1. W.769, fol. 7r
  2. Title: Thomas Hawkins, Broughton-under-Blean, Kent, 1587
  3. Form: Drawings of brass rubbings

fol. 7v:

  1. W.769, fol. 7v
  2. Title: Sir Nicholas Wadham and his wife Dorothie, 1618
  3. Form: Drawings of brass rubbings

fol. 8r:

  1. W.769, fol. 8r
  2. Title: Colophon with Nichol de Gore, priest, 1320, Woodchurch, Kent
  3. Form: Drawings of brass rubbings

Lower board outside:

  1. W.769, Lower board outside
  2. Title: Sir John D'Aubernoun on outside lower board
  3. Form: Brass rubbing mounted on lower board


The binding is original.

Original hand-made, hot-pressed wove tan paper; black Nigerian goat quarter cardboard cover; two rubbings from Stoke d'Abernon, Surrey adorn front and back covers


John Woodcock (1924-2011) of Kingswood, Surrey; manuscript completed 1949; see colophon (fol. 8r)


Gift of John Woodcock, 1960


Catalogers: Bucca, Lauren; Dutschke, Consuelo; Walters Art Museum curatorial staff and researchers since 1934

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Copy editor: Joyal, Stephanie

Conservators: Owen, Linda; Quandt, Abigail

Contributors: Bockrath, Diane; Emery, Doug; Noel, William; Tabritha, Ariel; Toth, Michael B.


The Walters Art Museum


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