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1893 Lord Mayor's Day Parade Print, Framed

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1893 Lord Mayor's Day Parade Print, Framed
Here's a fabulous vignette of Late Victorian London: William Logsdail's photo of the 1893 Lord Mayor's Day procession, as printed by "The Art Journal" with gorgeous clarity. Besides capturing a myriad of onlookers' reactions and the bewilderment of a small dog that strayed onto the parade route, this charming piece of history will answer every question you've ever had about what was being worn that season. The costumes are all here, from lavish livery to stovepipe hats and bonnets to footwear.

This event, BTW, has been taking place annually since 1215, with a few lapses during the Reformation and in years of plaque and fire, etc. The occasion falls on the 9th of November, when the lord mayor of London is inaugurated. The idea originated from a stipulation made in a charter granted by King John. The citizen chosen as mayor was to be presented to the king or his justice for approval, and the crowd who accompanied the mayor on horseback to Westminster developed into a pageant, each year growing more elaborate. Subsequent mayors rode, walked or arrived by water, until a mayor's tumble from horseback in 1711 led to introduction of a coach. The gilded one seen here was used from 1757 until 1896, when a replica was built to replace it.

The 1893 print, as you see, if is in excellent condition. Its much newer silvered wood frame, measuring about 14 1/2" x 12 1/2," shows very minor signs of wear.

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