Prince William offering his sword to the Dean,at the Altar, the Knights Standing under their Banners.
Etching and engraving, 445 x 610mm. 17¾ x 24". Vertical centrefold as issued. Small chips and tears into image from extremities.
Ceremony of installation of knights of the Order of the Bath inside Westminster Abbey. A young Prince William, Duke of Cumberland (1721 – 1765), a younger son of George II, kneels before the altar. The knights stand in plumed hats in rows at either side under their banners, a huge crowd of spectators beyond the altar. The Most Honourable Order of the Bath is an order of chivalry founded by George I on 18 May 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. Recipients of the Order are now usually senior military officers or senior civil servants. The Order of the Bath is the fourth-most senior of the British Orders of Chivalry, after The Most Noble Order of the Garter, The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, and The Most Illustrious Order of St Patrick. Numbered 'III' upper left, this is a plate to 'The procession and ceremonies observed at the time of the Installation of the Knights Companion of the Order of the Bath', London; J. Pine, first published 1730. John Pine (1690 - 1756), engraver, publisher, print and mapseller, was Bluemantle pursuivant at the College of Arms and engraver to the king's signet and stamp office. Very scarce.
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