- Author: Samuel Rush Meyrick
- Date: 1842
- Medium: Hand-colored copperplate engraving
- Condition: Excellent
- Inches: 9 1/2" x 14 3/8"
- Centimeters: 29.92 x 36.85
- Price: Sold
A Critical Inquiry into Antient Armour as it existed in Europe, particularly in England, from the Norman Conquest to the Reign of King Charles II…., Sir Samuel Rush Meyrick, 2nd Edition, London, Henry G. Bohn, 1842.
Sir Samuel Rush Meyrick (1783-1848) was an advocate in the ecclesiastical and admiralty courts of London, and is credited with having invented the systematic study of arms and armor. He amassed an extensive collection of arms and armor, and published numerous articles and several major works on the subject, most notably the aforementioned opus, from which come our plates. Sir Walter Scott described it as "this most superb archaeological work".
Depicting battle and tournament costume of both knights and specializing soldiers, the stunning hand-colored engravings are often based on the antiques in Meyrick's collection, or on other historical references, such as statuary adorning a crypt and two-dimensional brass memorial wall figurines found in medieval churches. Many of the plates depict members of the royalty and nobility, and are sumptuously accented with gold or silver. Many of the illustrations can be directly sourced to armor and artifacts now housed in the British Museum or the Wallace Collection, in London.
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