- Place of origin:
ca. 1516 (made)
- Materials and Techniques:
- Credit Line:
Given by Arthur G. Binns
- Museum number:
- Gallery location:
British Galleries, Room 58, case WS
Brasses such as these were used to commemorate prominent local families and were usually set in the floor of their parish church.
Materials & Making
Brasses were cast in flat plates then cut to shape and engraved. The engraved lines were often filled with coloured composition to give them greater emphasis.
The main inscribed brass reads: 'Of your charity pray for the soul of Henry Fayrey and Agnes his wife which lyeth buried under this stone, and the said Henry deceased the 28th Day of December 1516'. The main figures are all depicted wearing shrouds. The complete brass would have had an additional plate showing a group of daughters and four roundels.
This group of monumental brasses came from a variety of different sources - some were acquired from a butcher in Derbyshire and others from London dealers. They all came originally from Dunstable Priory Church in Bedfordshire. The elements were probably widely scattered after destruction during the Reformation and the English Civil War of 1642-1646.
Place of Origin
ca. 1516 (made)
Materials and Techniques
Height: 52.2 cm, Width: 15.4 cm at feet, Depth: 0.5 cm
Object history note
From Dunstable Priory Church, Bedfordshire. Made in England
V&A Exhibition RF.2003/51
Monumental brass Agnes Fayrey
Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)
Marks, R & Williamson, P. (Eds.), Gothic. Art for England 1400-1547, London, V&A, 2003
Labels and date
MONUMENTAL BRASSES of the Fayrey Family
The Fayreys are depicted wrapped in their funeral shrouds. The shrouds were knotted at the head, wrapped around the body and tied at the feet before burial. The inscription refers to the Catholic practice of praying for the souls of the dead to shorten their time in purgatory. Henry and Agnes's five sons are shown on one brass and there was originally a similar group of their daughters. [27/03/2003]
Henry and Agnes Fayrey with their sons
Henry and Agnes Fayrey, dressed in their finery on the funeral pall, are here shown naked in their burial shrouds. Their eyes are open and their hands raised in supplication. It is the very moment of their resurrection and Last Judgement.
Made in London by the 'F' workshop
Formerly in the priory church of St. Peter, Dunstable, Bedfordshire
V&A: M.126, 127-1922, M.2267-1931, M.33-1932
Cat. 350