Coronation of George IV - A Westminster Hall Coronation Pass Ticket, 1821
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Overall: 29cm (11.5in) x 31.5cm (12.5in)
Black, blue and pink inks on paper. Printed by James Whiting and Robert Branston showing the King seated on throne with classical maidens, laurels, and coat of arms, (this being a fine and early example of the bicoloured security printing developed by Sir William Congreve) all within a blind stamped border by the firm of Dobbs & Kidd, additionally embossed in base with the Royal seal. Signed lower left ‘Rutland’ for John Henry Manners, 5th Duke of Rutland, K.G. (1778-1857). Framed and glazed.
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, Lord Howard of Effingham rode into the 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.