Today from our Special Collections we have an incredibly intricate album of hand-painted monograms and crests by E. J. Lancaster.
It’s a beautiful example of heraldry, which is the art of creating coats of arms that display your rank and family ties. This album includes full-colour hand-painted devices and vignettes, designed to carry various monograms, coats of arms, and heraldic devices, with family names in manuscript accompanying each plate. Some plates incorporate paste-ons.
The art of heraldry has been practiced for hundreds of years and can be traced as far back and the twelfth century. This is a much later example, from the nineteenth century.
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