William Segar, Garter Principall King of Arms

Description

After becoming Garter King of Arms in 1607, William Segar (about 1554-1633) was granted arms in 1612 and knighted in 1616. Like Randle Holme, Segar was not only a herald, but also ‘a painter of significance’ who specialized in portraits. Segar’s full heraldic achievement shown in this drawing includes a shield of arms surmounted by crown, Gules and Ermine mantling, Argent and Azure wreath and helm crested with phoenix, supported by a rearing horse and a stag. His motto, ‘Nunc aut Nunquam’, appears on a scroll below.

Full title:
William Segar, Garter Principall King of Arms
Created:
1616-1707
Format:
Pen and ink / Bodycolour / Parchment
Creator:
anonymous
Usage terms

Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.

Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
Harley MS 2024, f.69

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