Description

This hand-coloured etching, by Marcus Gheeraerts (c. 1520/21, d. in or after 1586), depicts part of the Garter Day procession made by Queen Elizabeth I (1533–1603) and her Knights of the Garter in 1576.

This print was originally part of a much larger roll, which was mounted as a series of nine sheets in the 18th century and bound in an oblong album with prefatory manuscript material, probably by Sir John Fenn (1739–1794) a previous owner. The manuscript annotations at the bottom of the print identifying members of the procession are by Thomas Dawes, Rouge Croix Pursuivant, 1569–1580.

In the background, behind Elizabeth I and the Sword-bearer, can be seen one of the earliest topographic representations of Windsor Castle.

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