George IV, Coronation

George IV, Coronation

1821 eng

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£250 gbp
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George IV Coronation Ticket, printed card, 1821, by Branston and Whiting and H. Dobbs, George seated with attendants with a wreath of roses and laurel. Signed to the lower right by the Deputy Earl Marshal of England at the Coronation, Lord Howard of Effingham (1767- 1845), and inscribed "North Door, Vaultings" to the lower left. G. R. IV/ NO. 3239, 263 x 240 mm. A small tear in the top right hand corner, otherwise good very fine.


The Coronation cost the Treasury over £230,000; the coronation robes costing £24,000 and £25,000 being spent on the banquet at which 9,840 bottles of wine and 100 gallons of iced punch were provided. The ceremony lasted some five hours, albeit without Queen Caroline, who was locked out of Westminster Abbey. The Gentlemen's Magazine records that "The Treasurer of his Majesty's House threw about the medals of the Coronation.


This invitation card was for the ceremony in the Abbey itself, and entrance was strictly guarded. Seating in the Abbey was such that twenty two and a half inches were allocated per person.
The "Dobbs" whose name is stamped in the border was H. Dobbs. His firm pioneered the use of decorative blind stamping for decorating invitation cards.
The production of these tickets at the time was revolutionary with the compound - plate process with two colours and the embossing.The Observer wrote an article about them in its publication the following day. Tickets were issued according to a scale of privilege with a Peer receiving five tickets but a Peeress in her own name only one.
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