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John Pine's Tapestry of the House of Lords

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This image depicts the spine of an important work in British history.  It is John Pine’s Tapestry of the House of Lords.

Among other things, this book contains important images of the tapestries depicting scenes from the Spanish Armada battles.  Since the tapestries themselves were destroyed by fire, in 1834, the images in this book are all that’s left to show how the tapestries once appeared.

John Pine, the engraver, anticipated just such an event.  In the Preface, of his most-famous work, he tells us one of the reasons he created the engravings:

...because time, or accident, or moths may deface these valuable shadows, which, by being multiplied and dispersed in various hands, may meet with that security from the closets of the curious, which the originals must scarce always hope for, even from the sanctity of the place they are kept in...

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Image online, courtesy the U.S. Library of Congress.

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