Bulletin No. 54 - Happy & Glorious, May 2022

To mark the Platinum Jubilee, we are delighted to present a celebration of the pomp and pageantry of ceremonial London as seen by the artist Greville Irwin (1893-1947). This unique collection of seventeen colourful sketches were created at the time of King George V’s Silver Jubilee in 1935 and  at the coronation of the Queen’s father King George VI in May 1937. Initially acquired from the artist’s studio and subsequently forming part of a private collection in southeast England, they perfectly capture the sights, sounds and swagger of landmark royal occasions that will surely be matched if not surpassed by the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations of the first weekend in June. 
Greville Irwin - The Gold State Coach - Coronation Procession, 1937
Watercolour on paper. Framed and glazed. Sovereign’s Escort and the Gold State Coach with postillions, walking grooms, footmen and Yeoman of the Guard. Framed and glazed.
Royal Presentation Brooches and Cufflinks 
From 1842 to 1991
Other items of Royal interest also abound this time, These include a pair of gold and enamel cufflinks presented by H.M. The Queen, a pair of 1950s Royal Tour cufflinks designed by and given by Prince Philip; a selection of Royal presentation portraits dating from the early 1960s, a superb Queen Mary polychromed Royal warrant coat of arms, and last but not least an autograph signed portrait of the Queen’s first Prime Minister, the indomitable Sir Winston Churchill.
Royal Presentation Portraits
From 1966 to 1990 
The Royal Arms of Queen Mary, Consort of George V, 1910
Polychromed carved wood. Royal warrant holder’s armorial appointment sign for a supplier to Mary of Teck (1867-1953), Queen Consort of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Empress Consort of India, from 6 May 1910 until 29 January 1936 as the wife of King-Emperor George V.