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The tapestry hangings of the House of Lords: representing the several engagements between the English and Spanish fleets, in the ever memorable year MDLXXXVIII...

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  • Museum number

    1861,0518.305-327

  • Title (series)

    • The tapestry hangings of the House of Lords: representing the several engagements between the English and Spanish fleets, in the ever memorable year MDLXXXVIII...
  • Description

    Book reproducing the tapestries depicting the defeat of the Armada, once hanging in the House of Lords, designed by Vroom and woven in Spierincx's workshop; a decorative titlepage followed by a dedication, list of subscribers, an account of the Spanish invasion, and an explanation of the plates; ten tapestry plates, each with an ornamental border including portrait medallions; charts of sea-coasts with ornamental borders, several decorated with contemporary medals, including Henry Popple's 'Map of the British Empire in America' (first pub. 1733), decorated with smaller maps and views. 1739
    Book with letterpress text and engraved and etched illustration plates, the tapestry plates printed in black and green ink, some of the charts with hand-colouring

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  • Date

    • 1739
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 522 millimetres (approx. page size)
    • Width: 368 millimetres (approx. page size)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered on titlepage: "The tapestry hangings of the House of Lords: representing the several engagements between the English and Spanish fleets, in the ever memorable year MDLXXXVIII, with the portraits of the Lord High-Admiral, and the other noble commanders, taken from the life. To which are added, from a book entitled, Expeditionis Hispanorum in Angliam Vera Descriptio, A.D. 1588, done, as is supposed, for the said tapestry to be work'd after, ten charts of the sea-coasts of England, and a general one of England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Holland, &c. shewing the places of action between the two fleets; ornaments with medals struck upon the occasion, and other suitable devices. Also an historical account of each day's action, collected from the most authentic manuscripts and writers. By John Pine, engraver. London, MDCCXXXIX. Sold by J. Pine in Old Bond Street near Picadilly."

        The publication lines on the plates give various dates in 1739-1740.
  • Curator's comments

    Label from exhibition 'A New World', BM, Room 5, 2007, for 1861,0518.319:
    John White prepared ships to rescue the Lost Colonists of Roanoke in the spring of 1588. But they were forbidden to sail because all English ships were needed for defence against the Spanish Armada. The engraving shows a scene from the famous battle with the Armada; it was copied from one of a series of tapestries that once hung in the House of Lords. Drake, Raleigh, Grenville and Frobisher were all involved in the famous battle and their portrait medallions decorated the margins of Pine's engravings.
    Literature: T.Clayton, 'The English Print 1688-1802', New Haven and London, 1997, pp.87.

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  • Location

    Not on display (243.a.26)

  • Exhibition history

    2007, Mar-Jun, BM, Room 5, 'A New World...', 1861,0518.319 only

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  • Associated places

  • Associated events

    • Associated Event: Spanish Armada
      1588
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1861

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1861,0518.305-327

DRAFT. Book reproducing the tapestries depicting the defeat of the Armada, once hanging in the House of Lords, designed by Vroom and woven in Spierincx's workshop; a decorative titlepage followed by a dedication, list of subscribers, an account of the Spanish invasion, and an explanation of the plates; ten tapestry plates, each with an ornamental border including portrait medallions; charts of sea-coasts with ornamental borders, several decorated with contemporary medals, including Henry Popple's 'Map of the British Empire in America' (first pub. 1733), decorated with smaller maps and views.  1739  Book with letterpress text and engraved and etched illustration plates, the tapestry plates printed in black and green ink, some of the charts with hand-colouring

DRAFT. Book reproducing the tapestries depicting the defeat of the Armada, once hanging in the House of Lords, designed by Vroom and woven in Spierincx's workshop; a decorative titlepage followed by a dedication, list of subscribers, an account of the Spanish invasion, and an explanation of the plates; ten tapestry plates, each with an ornamental border including portrait medallions; charts of sea-coasts with ornamental borders, several decorated with contemporary medals, including Henry Popple's 'Map of the British Empire in America' (first pub. 1733), decorated with smaller maps and views. 1739 Book with letterpress text and engraved and etched illustration plates, the tapestry plates printed in black and green ink, some of the charts with hand-colouring

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