[ Sir John Bernard Burke, the pre-eminent genealogist of the Victorian age. ] Detailed and accomplished guide drawing of the Star of India, with a proof of the engraving made from it, for Burke's 'Armory'.

[ Sir John Bernard Burke (1814-1892), the pre-eminent genealogist of the Vivtorian age, and Ulster King of Arms ]
Publication details: 
[ London. 1884 or thereabouts? ]
SKU: 20324

The engraving features prominently on p.lxxii of the 1884 edition of Burke's 'General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales', accompanying the entry on 'The Most Exalted Order of the Star of India | Instituted by Her Majesty Queen Victoria, February 23rd, 1861, and enlarged, March 28th, 1866.' ONE: Detailed and accomplished guide drawing for the engraver of Item Two. The drawing is in plain pencil, on a 31 x 21.5 cm leaf of wove paper, and its dimensions are around 29 x 12.5 cm. The artist has drawn the whole of the badge, with its cameo of the queen, along with its surmounting diamond star, but has only drawn the left-hand half of the star, and the left-hand side of the collar (but with the a complete drawing of the imperial crown from which the badge hangs). The parts which have been omitted by the artist are symmetrical with those represented, and so unnecessary from the engraver's point of view. On aged, creased and damaged paper. TWO: Proof engraving, 11 x 8 cm, on 18 x 14.5 cm piece of wove paper. No text. The complete illustration of which the previous item was a drawing. The engraver has reduced the drawing to less than half the size. On aged paper, damaged at extremities, not affecting the illustration. From a collection of Burke's papers.