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- Object: The Coronation of his Most Sacred Majesty King George the Fourth
"The Coronation of his Most Sacred Majesty King George the Fourth, Solemnized in the Collegiate Church of Saint Peter Westminster upon the Nineteenth day of July MDCCCXXI. Undertaken by His Majesty's Especial Command, by the late Sir George Nayler, Garter Principal King at Arms, and since his decease completed from the official documents" (London, Henry George Bohn) 1837; containing 45 plates showing the proclamation of George IV as King outside Carlton House and at the Royal Exchange, an interior view of the Court of Claims, the coronation procession of the Dean and Prebendaries of Westminster with the regalia in Westminster Hall, illustrations of the members of the coronation entourage, clergy, standard-bearers etc. and their costumes, views of the coronation inside Westminster Abbey, views of the royal banquet in Westminster Hall, panoramic view of the stands and viewing platforms outside Westminster Abbey, cross-section of Westminster Hall, and illustration of the Coronation Chair, Chair of State etc. Bound with 130 pages of letterpress embellished with 4 wood-engravings, index, and list of the plates. Original red leather binding with ornate gold tooling.
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Height: 565 millimetres (sheet size of each page)
Width: 415 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Two series on the coronation of George IV were published in the early 1820s by John Whittaker and George Nayler. However, both these men died in 1831, a year after the death of the king, and the work was left incomplete. After his death, Nayler's work was put up for sale with the copyright, and was purchased by Henry Bohn, who also acquired some of Whittaker's plates. He then had the plates coloured and bound into a folio volume, which was published in 1837 under the title "The Coronation of His Most Sacred Majesty King George the Fourth..." and supplemented with further illustrations.
Bohn's publication emulated the "Livre du Sacre", a lavish account and series of plates of the coronation of Napoleon I. For comment on the BM's copy of which see 1855,0714.71.
George IV owned two copies of the "Livre", which are now in the Royal Library. See Tim Clayton and Sheila O'Connell, "Bonaparte and the British: Prints and Propaganda in the Age of Napoleon" (British Museum, 2015), p. 144.
Loose impressions from the series are kept elsewhere in the collection. See 1867,1012.787 to 815; 1880,1113.3724; 1880,1113.2179; Nn,7.37.8.
- Not on display
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Coronation of George IV 19 July 1821
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Associated Title: The Coronation of his Most Sacred Majesty King George the Fourth
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