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  • Description

    Lesser George of the Order of the Garter; double-sided enamelled gold St George on horseback about to slay the dragon with a sword, within enamelled oval gold garter border; set with four shaped diamonds and fourteen rubies.

  • Date

    • 1628-1629
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 8.4 centimetres
    • Width: 3.7 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    In set with 1980,0201.1-2 and 4.
    One of a set of Collar, Great George, Lesser George and Garter believed to have been made for William Compton, 1st Earl of Northampton, created KG 1628, installed 1629.
    See E. Ashmole, 'The Institution, Laws and Ceremonies of the Most Noble Order of the Garter', London 1672; William Bingham Compton, 'The History of the Comptons of Compton Wynyates', London 1930, p. 62; R. Marks and A. Payne (eds), 'British Heraldry from its origins to c. 1800', exhibition catalogue, British Museum 1978, cat.250, 87.
    The rubies are high quality Burmese rubies (information from Nigel Israel and Chris Cavey, 19 May 2005).


  • Bibliography

    • Tait 1986a 357 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G46/dc11/p3

  • Exhibition history

    2004 20 May-25 Jul, London, Somerset House, Talking Peace 1604: The Somerset House Conference Paintings
    1996 4-12 Mar, USA, Malibu, J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa, BMDT Presentation

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  • Acquisition notes

    Accepted by H M Treasury in lieu of Capital Transfer Tax following the death of the 6th Marquess of Northampton and allocated to the BM.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number



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