The Knights At Dinner.Bath, King of Arms, proclaiming the Style of Prince William, at the bringing of the Second Course, attended by Heralds and Pursuivants.
Etching and engraving, 450 x 605mm. Several small tears into plate/edge of image to left and top. Crease developing tear through upper left corner.
The Knights of the Order of the Bath are seated along a table with their individual arms on plaques on the wall behind them. There are two tiers of spectator boxes at the right, and Frederick, Prince of Wales, is seated in a separate box beside. Plate XVIII (as inscribed upper left) to 'The procession and ceremonies observed at the time of the Installation of the Knights Companion of the Order of the Bath', published by John Pine (1690 - 1756) in 1730. The Most Honourable Order of the Bath is an order of chivalry founded by George I on May 18, 1725. The name derives from the medieval ceremony for creating a knight, which involved bathing (as a symbol of purification) as one of its elements. The knights so created were known as Knights of the Bath. The Order consists of the Sovereign, the Great Master (currently HRH The Prince of Wales), and three Classes of members. A 19th century impression on Whatman paper.
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