ELIZABETH I Initial letter portrait, showing the Queen enthroned with orb and sceptre, with historiated first line incorporating the Tudor rose, drawn in pen-and-ink, on what appears to be an exemplification of common recovery pertaining to the Manor of Cheppeley, or Clopton, by Chipley Abbey, Poslingford, Suffolk, Westminster, 31 May [1583]

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ELIZABETH I
Initial letter portrait, showing the Queen enthroned with orb and sceptre, with historiated first line incorporating the Tudor rose, drawn in pen-and-ink, on what appears to be an exemplification of common recovery pertaining to the Manor of Cheppeley, or Clopton, by Chipley Abbey, Poslingford, Suffolk, Westminster, 31 May [1583]

Sold for £ 956 (US$ 1,201) inc. premium
ELIZABETH I
Initial letter portrait, showing the Queen enthroned with orb and sceptre, with historiated first line incorporating the Tudor rose, drawn in pen-and-ink, on what appears to be an exemplification of common recovery pertaining to the Manor of Cheppeley, or Clopton, by Chipley Abbey, Poslingford, Suffolk, held by William Clopton of Long Melford and by Francis and his wife Elizabeth Clopton of Long Melford, Suffolk, subscribed in the name of Thomas Meade, Francis Wyndham and William Periam, Justices of the Common Pleas; collection stamp on verso of Erik Borje Israelson (1881-1931), Swedish manuscript collector and bookseller, on one sheet of vellum, Great Seal and associated tab lacking, some slight marking but overall in unusually fine, fresh and attractive condition, c.320 x 615mm., Westminster, 31 May [1583]

Footnotes

  • An unusually attractive initial letter portrait of Queen Elizabeth. The Copleys of Kentwell Hall were one of the most prominent families of Long Melford; John Clopton, a supporter of the Lancastrian cause during the Wars of the Roses, being largely responsible for the reconstruction of the Chruch of the Holy Trinity, where family memorials are to be found in the Clopton Chapel, the Clopton Chantry Chapel and the Lady Chapel (which houses John's tomb). Chipley Abbey was a small priory of the Austin canons, a mile from the hamlet of Poslingford; where earlier members of the family were buried. By the mid fifteenth century it was already in ruins.
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ELIZABETH I Initial letter portrait, showing the Queen enthroned with orb and sceptre, with historiated first line incorporating the Tudor rose, drawn in pen-and-ink, on what appears to be an exemplification of common recovery pertaining to the Manor of Cheppeley, or Clopton, by Chipley Abbey, Poslingford, Suffolk, Westminster, 31 May [1583]
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