Ceremonial hand colored aquatint etching portraying the Marquess of Salisbury, Lord Calthorpe, and the Marquess of Wellesley, all dressed in crimson velvet robes with ermine trim attending the Coronation of George IV in 1821. Each face is portrayed in the extraordinary detail of a miniature portrait, hard to capture in a photograph. After the defeat of France at Waterloo, Great Britain became the most powerful nation in Europe and George was determined that his coronation would outshine that of Napoleon I. The coronation of George IV was the most expensive coronation ever. He took great interest in the costumes to be worn during the coronation procession which were inspired in early historical costumes from the Tudor and Stuart courts. Published as plates to Nayler's 'History of the Coronation 1821' in 1824. A full set is of 43 prints is part of the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle. Inscription below the images reads as follows (from left to right):
THE MARQUESS OF SALISBURY carrying St. Edward's staff
LORD CALTHORPE carrying the gold spurrs
THE MARQUESS OF WELLESLEY carrying the sceptre with the cross 19th July 1821
One of a pair listed separately. It comes matted and framed in later bronzed wood frame, ready to display. In good used condition with toning, foxing, and minor imperfections as shown. Shipped professionally packed, fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: Frames: 28 3/4" by 20 5/8"; Visible Image (mat opening): 20 7/8" by 13"approximately.
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