Heraldic shields, from the Hatton-Dugdale Book of Arms

Heraldic shields, from the Hatton-Dugdale Book of Arms, Late 1630s
Compiled by Sir Christopher Hatton (bap. 1605-1670) and William Dugdale (later Sir) (1605-1686)
Pen, ink and watercolour on vellum
47 x 72.5 (cm)
Society of Antiquaries of London
 William Dugdale was one of the greatest of the seventeenth-century antiquaries. Like many of his fellows, he was very interested in heraldry and genealogy. This work is the product of a group of men who set out to record medieval and sixteenth-century coats of arms. These are pages from a roll originally compiled about 1300, known as Charles's Roll. It illustrated almost five hundred shields of those entitled to bear arms.
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