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  • Description

    Great George of the Order of the Garter; enamelled gold St George on horseback about to slay the dragon with a sword; set with forty-four diamonds.

  • Date

    • 1628-1629
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 7.2 centimetres
    • Width: 6 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    In set with 1980,0201.1, 3 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.

    Notes on meeting with Royal Collection, 19 May 2005:
    Diamonds on BM and on RC George (made for James II) similar - early; not symmetrical; use as much of the original mass as possible - cutting and mounting techniques indistinguishable.
    Green and turquoise enamels similar on both - as is the colour of the dragon.


  • Bibliography

    • Tait 1986a 357 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G46/dc11/p3

  • Exhibition history

    1996 4-12 Mar, USA, Malibu, J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa, BMDT Presentation

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  • Acquisition date


  • 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


COMPASS Image Caption: The Collar and 'Great George'


COMPASS Image Caption: The Collar and 'Great George'

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