Smith's Ancient Costume of England
Knights, Noblemen & Royalty

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Occupations & Court Figures | Royal & Noble Women | Knights, Noblemen & Royalty | Ships & Military Scenes

Sir Thomas, Earl of Lancaster

Sir Thomas, Earl of Lancaster
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Nobleman, 13th Century

Nobleman, 13th Century

Robert Chaumberleyn, Esquire to the King

Sir Robert Chaumberleyn
Esquire to the King

Sir Hugh Bardolfe

Sir Hugh Bardolfe, 1204

Anglo Military chief

Anglo-Saxon Chief
and Warriors
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King Richard

King Richard I
(de Lion)
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Anglo-Danish Warriors

Anglo-Danish Warriors
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Military habit

Knight Templar in Military Habit

Soldiers

Soldiers

King Henry VI

Sir Roger De Trumpington

Sir Roger De Trumpington

A Scots Knight

A Scots Knight

Sir John De Sitsylt

Sir John De Sitsylt

Edward the Black Prince

Edward The Black Prince

Sir William Beauchamp

Sir William Beauchamp

Arthur Maquemore

Arthur Maquemore
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John Crosbie, Prior of Coventry

John Crosbie, Prior of Coventry

Sir William Gascoigne

Sir William Gascoigne

Sir Neville, Earl of Westmoreland

Sir Neville
Earl of Westmoreland

Lord Beaumont

Lord Beaumont

A Cambrian Prince

A Cambrian Prince

Bishop and Monk, 10th Century

Bishop and Monk
10th Century

Anglo-Saxon King

Anglo-Saxon King
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Sir Rhys Ab Thomas

Sir Rhys Ab Thomas

King Edgar and Youth

King Edgar and Youth

Sir Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick

Sir Beauchamp
Earl of Warwick

King Richard, Earl of Northumberland

King Richard, Earl of Northumberland

Charles Hamilton Smith Esq. (1776-1859) (after)
I.A. Atkinson (engraver)
R. & D. Havell, J. Hill (aquatinters)
The Ancient Costume of England
Colnaghi & Co., London: c. 1811-1818
Hand-colored engraving and aquatint
14.5 x 10 inches
Prices On Request

Medieval British knights, princes, kings and noblemen are shown in colorful costumes in a series of brilliantly rendered aquatints.

Charles Hamilton Smith (1776-1859) was an artist, illustrator, soldier and spy. He served as a British Army officer during the Napoleonic Wars seeing some active service, but spending most of his career in the British Isles in various staff positions. Smith was also a self-taught artist, and an extremely prolific one -- by his own estimation he produced over 38,000 drawings over the years. Most of these were of non-military subjects, however over 1,400 were uniform studies, with another 3,000 containing accurate drawings of soldiers. He is also known for his Costume of the Army of the British Empire, originally published between 1812 and 1814. Many of these were reissued in 2002 by Greenhill Books, London, under the title Wellington's Army.

Condition: Generally very good with only minor toning. Original colors bright and fresh.

Reference:

Burnham, Robert. "Reviews: Wellington's Army: The Uniforms of the British Soldier, 1812-1815." The Napoleon Series. September 2002. http://www.greenhillbooks.com/booksheets/wellingtons_army.htm (10 April 2003).

View our Smith's Ancient Costume of England prints:
Occupations & Court Figures | Royal & Noble Women | Knights, Noblemen & Royalty | Ships & Military Scenes


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