Brass executions at Kingston church, Surrey
Medium: Pencil and ink on paper
A preparatory sketch of Robert Skerne and his wife. Skerne was a wealthy Kingston lawyer whose wife, Joan, was the illegitimate daughter of Edward III with his mistress Alice Perrers. These brass monuments are found between the chancel and south chapel of All Saints church in Kingston upon Thames. The figures are three-feet and three-inches tall, and dressed in the costume characteristic of deceased 15th-century laiety. The artist has recorded a Latin inscription praising the deceased, which was presumably attached to the brass monument.