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Coronation of George IV, Westminster Hall Coronation Pass Ticket, 1821

George IV Westminster Hall Coronation Pass Ticket by Charles Dobbs, inscribed 'Admit this bearer to Lord Gwydyr’s apartment’.  19cm x13cm. Mounted on paper with manuscript inscription in a period hand 'This ticket admitted Mr Hargrave to see George 4th crowned 1821’. Framed and glazed.

Peter Robert Drummond-Burrell, 2nd Baron Gwydyr, 22nd Baron Willoughby de Eresby, P.C. (1782-1865), was M.P. for Boston, Lincolnshire between 1812 and 1820 when he succeeded to his father’s barony. In 1828 he succeeded to his mother as 22nd Baron Willoughby de Eresby.

Westminster Hall was the scene of the coronation dinner for three hundred and twelve guests, watched by the peeresses in the gallery.  Together with the Duke of Wellington, Howard of Effingham rode into hall escorting the hereditary King’s champion of England, Mr. Dymoke, attired in full armour and riding a horse, which had been hired from Astley's circus. When it came time to take its leave, Dymoke’s horse reared up rather than backed up, and in the end had to be ignominiously pulled out of the hall by its tail.


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