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In the medieval and early modern periods in particular, Monumental Brasses were popular forms of monuments or memorials used to cover the tombs of those buried inside churches. A Monumental Brass, is engraved on sheets of metal inlaid in matrices cut into the stone; they have been made in England from the thirteenth century to the present day. Monumental Brasses were designed in a range of styles reflecting the general trends in art of their period. They can be studied from a variety of perspectives, including the artistic context and iconography of the monuments and the life, dress styles, improvements in armour, self-image and religious beliefs of those commemorated.
Monumental Brasses are an interesting and absorbing study in their own right, but they also provide rich visual imagery for those interested in a range of other subjects. It was to capture this visual imagery that the idea of Brass Rubbing was first hit upon.
Monumental Brasses act as a picture book illustrating key figures in the British history. Many monuments show participants in key events, including the 100 Years War with France, the Wars of the Roses and the Civil War. There are brasses to medieval royalty, such as that at Westminster Abbey to Eleanor de Bohun, daughter-in-law of Edward III and aunt of Richard II. Others commemorate descendants of key figures in our cultural heritage, such as the son and daughter-in-law of the poet, Geoffrey Chaucer, at Ewelme, Oxfordshire.
BRASS RUBBING became popular in the middle of the last century. The problem was that so many people became interested in Brass Rubbing that there was concern about damage to the original brasses. At this point, a group of young "modern Materials" students learned the art of making perfect mouldings from brasses so that they could safely be rubbed without the risk of damaging the original church brasses. These guys also created perfect formulas for Brass Rubbing Paper and Brass Rubbing Wax, which were ideally suited to the process of brass rubbing. All of the products created by this group of hippies are all now sold by White Winds.
What does a Brass Rubbing look like?
Well, if you get to be REALLY proficient at it (as the ladies at the now defunct Westminster Brass Rubbing centre were), then you could produce something like this. A piece like this one would have taken many hours of patient work, and a very thorough knowledge of the pieces. For most of us though, producing a good rubbing in a single colour is reasonably simple if you take your time and work with care.
How do I do a brass rubbing? If you follow this link (or the tab at the top of this page) then we will explain how you do a brass rubbing!.
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