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Admission Ticket for The Funeral of The Duke of Wellington, 1852
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Admission Ticket for The Funeral of The Duke of Wellington, 1852

Measurements: Overall: 27cm (10.75in) x 34cm (13.5in)

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Lithographically printed card with Greek key border, ducal coronet. Blind-embossed with the seal of the Earl Marshal of England lower centre. Manuscript inscribed ‘Centre Area under the Dome / South Side’ issued to Miss Lucy Bignolde. Contained in a period oak frame with gilt slip. Glazed.

Of the great funeral The Illustrated London News reported, ‘The grave has closed over the mortal remains of the greatest hero of our age, and one of the purest-minded men recorded in history. Wellington and Nelson sleep side by side under the dome of St. Paul's, and the national mausoleum our of isles has received the most illustrious of its dead. With pomp and circumstances, a fervour of popular respect, a solemnity and a grandeur never before seen in our time, and in all probability, not to be surpassed in the obsequies of any other hero heretofore to be born, to become the benefactor of this country, the sacred relics of Arthur Duke of Wellington have been deposited in the place long since set apart by the unanimous design of his countrymen. . . . all the sanctity and awe inspired by the grandest of religious services performed in the grandest Protestant temple in the world, were combined to render the scene, inside and outside of St. Paul's Cathedral on Thursday last, the most memorable in our annals. . . . .’

Reference: The Order of Proceeding and Ceremonies Observed in the Public Funeral of the Late Field Marshal Arthur Duke Wellington (1852)

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