To his Grace the Duke of Leeds President, & the Toxophilite Scociety of London, This Portrait of Sir Willm. Wood, a Celebrated Archer of the last Century...[etc.]
London, Pubd. by E & S. Harding, Pall Mall 21 May 1793.
Stipple, 225 x 180mm. 9 x 7".
Sir William Wood (1609 - 1691), toxophilite, born in 1609, was for many years marshal of the Finsbury archers, who held their meetings in Finsbury Fields. He was probably knighted by Charles II for his skill in the use of the bow. In 1676 his society or regiment purchased a badge or shield to be worn by their marshal, and the decoration, known as the ‘Catherine of Braganza Shield,’ passed to successive marshals till 1736, when the office was abolished. Subsequently each succeeding captain of the Easter target held it till it passed into the hands of the Royal Toxophilite Society on its formation in 1781. This society also absorbed the few remaining Finsbury archers.
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