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Brass rubbing of the monument to Sir John Harpedon in the north ambulatory of Westminster Abbey.

ca. [2000?]
Physical Description:
1 rubbing : gold crayon on blue paper ; sheet 161 x 77 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio C 2012 3
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Judy Sirota Rosenthal and Philip B. Rosenthal, Yale BA 1967, MA 1970, PhD 1974
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"Sir John Harpedon, knight, who died in 1438, has a brass in the north ambulatory of Westminster Abbey. He was originally buried in St John the Evangelist's chapel but his tomb was removed to the ambulatory in 1772 when General Wolfe's memorial was erected. It was raised on a low base in 1870. No inscription remains. The brass shows a man in plate armour, his head on a helmet with a crest of a hind's head, and his feet resting on a lion. There are four shields of arms, which apparently were originally coloured with enamels ... Sir John was the fifth and last husband of Kentish heiress Joan de la Pole, Lady Cobham. Her first husband was Sir Robert de Hemenhale who died in 1391 and is buried in St John the Evangelist's chapel but without any monument or marker. Her fourth husband was Sir John Oldcastle, the Lollard, who was executed in 1417. Lady Cobham died in 1434 and is buried at Cobham church in Kent."--http://www.westminster-abbey.org, accessed March 14, 2018. The rubbing does not include the four shields of arms.
Accompanied by a handwritten description of the brass.
Subject Terms:
Harpedon, John, -1438.
Tombs & sepulchral monuments.
Westminster Abbey.
Rubbings (visual works)

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