Procession of the Knights of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath at Westminster Abbey
Engraver: Lewis, G.
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
View of a procession of Knights of the Order of Bath, inside Westminster Abbey.This military order was established by George I in 1725. The Dean of Westminster is the Dean of the Order and Henry VII's Chapel is the Chapel of the Order. They are seen passing a number of stone tomb chests, some of which have ornate Gothic Style canopies. As Daniel Defoe commented 'This is the repository of the British Kings and nobility, and very fine monuments are here to be seen over the graves of our ancient monarchs...It is become such a piece of honour to be buried in Westminster Abbey, that the body of the church begins to be crowded with the bodies of citizens, poets, seamen and parsons, nay even with very mean persons, if they have but any way made themselves known in the world; so that in time the royal ashes will be thus mingled with common dust'.