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[GEORGE III]. [BICKHAM (George), the elder.]
Coronation Ticket. Westminster Abbey. Sep[tember]r 22, 1761.
1761. A CHARMING SOUVENIR OF A GRAND OCCASIONEngraved ticket measuring 205 by 255mm. Numbered 505 in the left margin in manuscript. A little toned, a couple of spots, trimmed close on the upper and right hand side, but very good. Np, but London, 1761.A charming survival, every bit as grand as the occasion it celebrates.The scene depicts the Coronation itself in the heart of Westminster Abbey, with King George III on the left, and Queen Charlotte beside him. There is an angel blowing a trumpet above them. Douglas Fordham adds, "Victory crowns a new king under a sign emblazoned with 'SPQB' - the Senate and People of Britannia - referring to Britain's place in the old Roman Empire and its assumption of imperial leadership in the present." In the foreground, there is a large scroll with the words "Magna Charta" signifying the pact between the King and the public.The task of engraving the ticket is attributed to George Bickham, the elder, who was renowned for his Universal Penman (1733-41) which helped codify and popularise the English Round Hand script. Given his dates, he would have prepared the ticket before his death which possibly accounts for the slightly anonymous couple in the image.King George III (1738-1820) was the first Prince of Wales to be born in England since Charles II in 1630. Although his father died in 1750, George did not assume the throne until 25 October 1760. His reign was a busy one. He was witness to the great advances in navigation and the opening up of the New World under James Cook. It was also during his reign that the Revolutionary War was fought a … [Click Below for Full Description]
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