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Object number

FDA-A.531-2018

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Identification

Title

Thomas Edgcomb, Vice-Provost, 1545

Title Type

assigned by cataloguer

Comments

'The brass commemorating Thomas Edgcomb is a product from the London G workshop. It is in essence of contemporary design with the modification that the deceased is shown wearing a hood undoubtedly to accentuate his status as a Fellow and more importantly a Vice-Provost of the College. It is most unlikely that this representation on brass is any attempt at portraiture. Few brasses claim this distinction.'
[written by Martin Stuchfield in response to an enquiry, 2020]
'In the same chapel the brass of Thomas Edgcomb, Vice- Provost, 1545, shows cassock, widesleeved gown and large hood...'

['A Manual of Costume as Illustrated by Monumental Brasses'
by Herbert Druitt, published by A. Morning, Limited, The De la More Press, 1906]


'a three-quarter effigy of Thomas Edgcomb, fellow and vice-provost of Eton, 1545, in academical dress, with inscription in Latin verse; the figure is palimpsest, the reverse showing portions of an earlier inscription...'

[Kelly's Directory of Buckinghamshire, 1939, published by Kelly's Directories Ltd., p.118]


'Thomas Edgecombe, Dec. 5, 1535. Vice-Provost of Eton; buried in the Chapel, where was this inscription-
Saxeus hic tumulus Thomae Edgecumb continet ossa;
Continet ossa lapis, terrea tegit.
Hic inter Socios quos haec habet inclyta sedes
Ordine primus erat, Praepositique vice.
Qui dum vivebat vitum peragebat honestam,
Atque ut vita fuit, mors quoque talis erat: [illam:
Mors bona, vita simul: Deus hanc dat, dat quoque et
Et dabit, ut bonus est, munera utrique sua:
Unde quidem spes est, dum corpus dormit inane,
Quod vigilat melior pars meliore loco.'

['Registrum Regale: A List of the Provosts of Eton...', 1847, published by E. P. Williams, p.12]
Brass was originally mounted on a stone slab located on the floor of the Ante-Chapel in Eton College Chapel.

Description

Content (description)

3/4 effigy in hood

Dimensions

height (effigy): 331mm
width (effigy): 164mm

Inscription

Inscribed: 'Saxeus hic tumulus Thomae Edgecumb continet ossa; / Continet ossa lapis, terrea tegit. / Hic inter Socios quos haec habet inclyta sedes / Ordine primus erat, Praepositique vice. / Qui dum vivebat vitum peragebat honestam, / Atque ut vita fuit, mors quoque talis erat: [illam: / Mors bona, vita simul: Deus hanc dat, dat quoque et / Et dabit, ut bonus est, munera utrique sua: / Unde quidem spes est, dum corpus dormit inane, / Quod vigilat melior pars meliore loco.'

Production

Person

Unknown (Artist)

Date

1489

History and association

References

• Lack, W., Stuchfield, H. Martin and Whittemore, P., The Monumental Brasses of Buckinghamshire, London: Monumental Brass Society, 1994 (p. 84, no. XII)
• Harwood, T. Eustace, The Monumental Brasses, Past and Present, in Eton College Chapel, in Oxford Journal of Monumental Brasses, Vol. II, No. 1, February 1900 (p. 12)
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