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- 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...
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
- Production date
Height: 522 millimetres (approx. page size)
Width: 368 millimetres (approx. page size)
- 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.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2007, Mar-Jun, BM, Room 5, 'A New World...', 1861,0518.319 only
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Spanish Armada 1588
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- Prints and Drawings
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