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Of Royal and Noble Descent

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James Parker Brooke
FL. 1806
PLAN OF THE PLATFORM AND DISPOSITION OF THE BANNEROLLS, TROPHIES ETC. AROUND THE COFFIN AT THE FUNERAL OF THE MUCH LAMENTED LORD NELSON, UNDER THE DOME AT ST PAUL'S CATHEDRAL ON 9TH JANUARY 1806
Watercolour with pen and black ink;
signed centre left: James Parker Brooke. Fecit, inscribed centre right: Ackermann's. Print; further inscribed lower centre with Nelson's pedigree and detailed notes
354 by 284 mm.
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Provenance

Sale, Newbury, Dreweatt Neate, 7 September 2005, lot 157;
where acquired by the present owner

Engraved:  

by Rudolph Ackermann

Catalogue Note

This drawing shows the exact positioning of the banners and heraldic emblems which surrounded Lord Nelson's coffin as it lay beneath the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral during his funeral service. The drawing was engraved by Ackermann's in 1806.

The whole series of events, the first ever state funeral accorded to a commoner, together provided a spectacle on an unprecedented scale and all London came to a standstill when it took place on 9th January 1806. Nelson's body had been brought upriver, from Greenwich to Whitehall, in a "Grand River Procession" the previous day, laid to rest in the Admiralty overnight and then taken across London in an equally magnificent procession the next morning. The funeral service was charged with emotion for all those present inside the great cathedral and, directly it was over, people everywhere were eager for descriptions and pictures of what had taken place as soon as they could be made available. It is not known whether J.P. Brooke was present at the ceremony himself but it seems very likely that he was, given the painstaking detail of this drawing which was speedily published by Ackermanns. It is the opinion of the cataloguer, confirmed by experts at the National Maritime Museum, that this illustration is the artist's original from which the print was engraved. 

Of Royal and Noble Descent

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London