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In medieval England it was the custom for those who had died to have a memorial engraved plaque laid in their local parish church. This lovely brass rubbing has been created by using a hard metallic wax compound over a special rag paper to produce this historical wall hanging that not only represents a fabulous piece of artwork but reminds us of the lovely love story that lies behing the picture.

John Rixman was a Fellow of St. John's College, Oxford, at a time when University Fellows were celibate, so - as the charming inscription recalls - he had to resign his academic career in order to marry Mary in 1585. They lived happily until John's death in 1620, and in her will Mary set up a trust fund for the clothing and apprenticing of three underprivileged boys each year.

This rubbing has been reproduced from a facsimilie plate, one of the many wonderful engravings exhibited by The London Brass Rubbing Centre at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington DC. The original engraving was laid down in 1621 in Bray in the County of Berkshire in England.

Metallic gold and silver wax compounds have been used to create this lovely piece. I will send it to you rolled in a solid mailing tube, fully insured during transit and include a copy of The Historical Notes, published by The London Brass Rubbing Centre, which not only includes historical details of this rubbing but will detail all the other plates in the wonderful and unique collection exhibited by The London Brass Rubbing Centre. The rubbing measures 26" X 24" and allows you plenty of room to mat and frame the rubbing under glass, if that is your wish; but the artwork can also be successfully hung from wooden dowels or a brass rod.

A love story...A Brass Rubbing from the memorial to John and Mary Rixman....MARKED DOWN 50%

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  • Handmade item
  • Material: metallic wax compound and special rag paper
  • Made to order
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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