This brass and four other copies were commissioned by Hamsterley c. 1514-15 and installed in his lifetime; the other four, none of which survives, were apparently placed in the chapels at four Oxford colleges--University College, Merton College, Queen's College, and Durham College (now Trinity College). A text-scroll issues from near the cadaver's mouth, with the couplet Vermibus hic donor et sic ostendere conor / Quod sicut hic ponor, ponitur omnis honor ("To worms I am here given and so try to show / that as I am here set aside, so is all [worldly] honour set aside.")