Depositum Illustrissimae Dominae Elizabethae Geoginae [sic] Adelaïdis Filiae Unicae … Georgii Quarti … Quae Obiit IV Die Martii MDCCCXXI …. QUEEN VICTORIA, PRINCESS ELIZABETH OF CLARENCE, DEATH SOUVENIR.
Printed on Silk
Showcasing 11 Different Typefaces
[Britain], Gilbert, 1821.

Depositum Illustrissimae Dominae Elizabethae Geoginae [sic] Adelaïdis Filiae Unicae … Georgii Quarti … Quae Obiit IV Die Martii MDCCCXXI ….

Single silk leaf [32 x 23.5 cm]. Laid to paper, glued only at corners. Very faint toning, glue staining at corners well outside printed area. Generally very good.

Unusual royal souvenir printed on silk and commemorating the death of the infant Princess Elizabeth of Clarence (1820-1), daughter of Prince William (the future William IV) and Adelaine of Saxe-Meiningen, who at the date of her passing was ahead of the future Queen Victoria (1819-1901), her cousin, in the line of royal succession. Each of the eleven lines of the announcement is printed using a distinct typeface.

The silk leaf is intaglio printed with a Latin epitaph for the Princess and signed at its foot “Gilbert Fecit, Goldsmith to His Majesty” (likely Philip Gilbert); five silversmith hallmarks appear at the top of the sheet, the first with the letters “RH” (Robert Hennell?). The memento, whose lettering shows great variation in design, is curious in that it would seem not to be a reproduction (or direct imprint) of an actual metalwork epitaph, but a pseudo-official announcement made from a specially engraved plate and distributed by Gilbert in his capacity as a licensed goldsmith. The connection between goldsmiths and printing on silk from an engraved plate perhaps warrants further research.

Price: $675.00