Samuel Rush Meyrick. Plate XLI. “Thomas Montacute, Earl of Salisbury, and a Knight A.D. 1422.” From A Critical Inquiry into Antient Armour.
London: Henry G. Bohn, ca. 1830. 14 1/2 x 10 1/4 (paper size). Aquatint. Full original hand color. Full margins. Very good condition.
A splendidly colored series of prints showing ancient armor from the period of the Norman Conquest up to the reign of King Charles II. The emphasis is on British armor, and many different forms and styles are shown, each as worn by a historic personage. Meyrick (1783-1848) was interested in being historically accurate, and thus each drawing is rendered with careful precision, illustrating all aspects of the armor and weapons. Besides the concern for accuracy, the aesthetic aspects of the prints were also important, as is especially evident with the hand coloring, which is wonderfully done. These are altogether delightful prints.
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