Monumental Brasses and Slabs: An Historical and Descriptive Notice of the Incised Monumental Memorials of the Middle Ages : with Numerous Illustrations

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G. Bell, 1847 - Brasses - 235 pages

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Page 170 - ... to history they give a body and a substance by placing before us those things which language with all its power is deficient in describing.
Page 29 - Brasses, describmg this example, say that, "considered as a work of art, it will be found that the figure is ill-proportioned, but the arrangement of the drapery judiciously contrived ; whilst, as a production of the burin, this brass is not excelled by any posterior example ; each link of the mail is distinctly represented and the mere work of graving up so large a surface must have cost many weeks of patient labour.
Page 131 - King alludes, are probably the small escutcheons with which her robe was semee, and their loss is to be regretted, not only because they were doubtless enamelled, but as a very singular specimen of costume; for this is the only sepulchral brass known which presents this peculiar feature of ornament, and it would have been desirable to ascertain whether the bearing thus introduced were her own arms (Gatesden), those of Camoys, her first, or Paynel, her second husband.
Page 133 - ... of Edward III. to the Countess of Salisbury. But its non-appearance till the reign of Henry IV. is a sufficient answer to that supposition. Sir Samuel Meyrick, with much greater probability, suggests, that we should consider it the initial letter of Henry's motto, " Souveraine," which he had borne while Earl of Derby, and which, as he afterwards became sovereign, appeared auspicious.

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