Old Scaleits...eterbro', from an Antient Picture in the Cathedral...2.nd: 1594. Rsaetatis 98.You see Old Scaleits picture stand on hie but at your feete there doth his body lye his grave stone both his age and death time show his office by theis tokens you may know. Second to none for strength and sturdye limm a scarbabe mighty voice with visage grim he had interd two queens within this place and this towns householders in his lives space twice over: but at length his one turne came what hee for others did for him the same was done no doubt his soule doth live for aye in heaven: though here his body clad in clay. Iuly 2 1594. R S Aetatis 98.
[Original publication - London: E. Jeffrey, 1807.]
Etching. 318 x 133mm. 12½ x 5¼". Cut, paper loss to upper left-hand corner.
Representation of "Old Scaleits" with teh text of the memorial. Robert Scarlett died in 1594 at the age of 98, having spent much of his life as the sexton at Peterborough Cathedral. He was laid to rest just inside the cathedral and is commemorated by a wall painting and a portrait which both hang up high inside the West front. It is suggested by some writers about Peterborough that he was the inspiration possible prototype for Hamlet's "Alas, poor Yorick".
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