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In 1965 I was between jobs, and was re-
Malcolm was delighted with my efforts and used two of the rubbings as illustrations in his classic work 2. But what proved to be far more important was that the sexton came back with the news that there was correspondence about some of these brasses among the Wynne papers, which had been deposited in the National Library of Wales. Malcolm followed this up, and discusses the letters at some length in Monumental Brasses 3. He was chiefly interested in the conflict between respectability and accurate portraiture that seems to emerge from discussion about Sir John Wynne’s father: the engraver wanted to know “whither you will have Sr Owen engraven’d with a face new trym’d…or with a bushie beard, as I remember hee had… for hee allwayes wore it Careless…” 4
But Malcolm also surmises from the stylistic evidence that this same engraver, Robert Vaughan of London’s Fetter Lane, was likewise responsible for the very similar brasses of Sir John himself and of his mother, Lady Sidney Wynne, resplendent in ruff, lace cap and hood, which is my brass for the month.
1. See Fig.262 in Malcolm’s Monumental Brasses: the Craft.
2. Fig.76 in The Craft (Sir Owen Wynne) and Fig.281 in The Memorials (Lady Sydney Wynne). Presumably all six rubbings are now in the Birmingham archive.
3. The Craft, pp. 93f.; and The Memorials, pp.248f. and footnote 4, p.310.
4. This letter is illustrated as Fig.77 of The Craft.
Lady Sydney Wynne
Her son, Sir Owen Wynne