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Brass rubbing

Object number



William Morris - maker

Production date

circa 1870

Production place

Great Coxwell






height (frame): 93cm
width (frame): 109cm
depth (frame): 4.5cm


Kelmscott Manor - (on display)


Inscription content

heꝛe lieth Willm Moꝛys ∫ũtyme fermeꝛ of coky∫well/ on Who∫e ∫oule ihñ have mercy amen

Inscription content

here lieth Johane the Wyf of Willm Morys/ on Who∫e ∫oule ihñ have mercy amen


Reference (free text)

Briggs, R. C. H., Annual Report of the William Morris Society (London: 1959). Quoted in: Henderson, Philip, William Morris – His Life, Work and Friends. (London: Andre Deutsch, 1986) pp225-226

Reference note

“At the end of the inscription below Johane’s figure is a leaf that fills in the line”, observes Mr R.C.H. Briggs. “The resemblance between the form and employment of this and one of the Kelmscott Press leaf ornaments, as well as between the flower on the brass and the first watermark for Kelmscott Handmade paper, leaves little doubt that Morris, when making his designs, remembered the old brasses at Great Coxwell.” Mr R. C. H. Briggs was secretary and trustee of the William Morris Society.

Reference (free text)

Morris, M., ed. William Morris – The Collected Works, Volume VIII (London: Longmans Green and Company, 1913) Introduction p XXVII

Reference (free text)

British History Online, ‘Parishes: Great Coxwell’, (1924)

Reference (free text)

Mackail, JW, The Life of William Morris (New York: Dover Publications, 1995) p13
    Brass rubbing taken by William Morris in the 1870's. From a memorial brass in Great Coxwell Church commemorating 'William Morys sumtyme fermer of Cokyswell' and Johane his wife, c. 1510.