Souvenir in Commemoration of the King of Portugal's Visit to England. November 15 to 20, 1909.
Wood engraving on crepe paper, printed in colours. Sheet 370 x 360mm (14½ x 14). Torn.
A very rare souvenir handkerchief commemorating the visit of Manuel II, last king of Portugal, to London. It had been Manuel's father's hope to marry him to a British princess in order to win a strong ally, but King Carlos's assassination the previous year and the ensuing political instability dashed this plan. Manuel was appointed Knight of the Order of the Garter during this visit, but the support of Britain could not save his throne from the revolution of the following year. He escaped to England via Gibraltar, living in Fulwell Park, Twickenham until his death in 1932.
[Ref: 32319] £150.00