Abbot Thomas De La Mere
A large brass rubbing.
Probably executed in the early 20th Century.
Thomas de la Mare, born 1309, died 1396, (aged 87). An abbot held in high regard. He was buried in a marble tomb in St Albans Cathedral that featured a large, ornate, commemorative Flemish brass decoration. This rubbing is from that brass.
The brass is no longer on his tomb and was removed for safe-keeping to the nearby chantry of Abbot William Wallingford.
The act of brass rubbing can damage and wear the original art so the practise has largely stopped (or been banned by the caretakers).
A piece of paper is laid on the surface of the brass and charcoal, wax or chalk is rubbed across it, picking out the detail from underneath.
This example looks like 'butcher's paper' (a tough, heavyweight paper used for wrapping and packing) and 'heelball', (a type of black wax crayon used to shine shoes), that has been trimmed and mounted onto canvas.
H:312 W:174 CM
H:123 W:68.5 INCHES