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'Tracings, drawings and rubbings of Gothic Tiles'

Reference code
'Tracings, drawings and rubbings of Gothic Tiles'
19th century
Level of description
Extent and format
1 volume
31.5 x 24.5 cm
Grey embossed boards, broken spine.
Scope and content
A loose unsigned note inside reads "Tracings, drawings, and rubbings of Gothic Tiles by the Rev. Lord Alwyne Compton, DD./ Some Bishop of Ely. Left by him to the Society of Antiquaries."
This is a scrapbook of miniature drawings of medieval tile designs, most of them pasted into loose signatures. The tile designs are arranged according to subject. They are hand-drawn and painted, mostly in brown and pale yellow (tile colours) with gouache or watercolour. Captions in black ink under each design describe the finder of the tile (initials or name) and the site where the tile existed in situ. A measuring scale occurs on the lower left corner of each page. The leafs are of tan wove paper, rather heavy and textured. The unbound signatures hold remnants of the red strings with which they were originally sewn. It is not clear whether the signatures are in their original order.
They were numbered by Cleota Reed for the purpose of indexing them.
Compton, Alwyne (1825-1906), Anglican bishop