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[Bookplate for William Charles de Meuron Wentworth-FitzWilliam by John Vinycomb]
[Bookplate for William Charles de Meuron Wentworth-FitzWilliam by John Vinycomb]
Title[Bookplate for William Charles de Meuron Wentworth-FitzWilliam by John Vinycomb]
CreatorVinycomb, John
Date Created1920
Sort Date1920
DescriptionThis bookplate consists of an escutcheon framed by a solid bordure. The escutcheon is divided quarterly ; first and fourth quadrants are lozengy, argent (silver) and gules (red) ; second and third quadrants are sable (black) with an or (gold) chevron, and three lion heads, two over one. The escutcheon is crested by a large earl's coronet. Above the coronet are two additional crests ; the dexter consists of a helm, sinister and grated, crowned by what appears to be a duke's coronet, and elaborate mantling ; the sinsister consists of a helm, dexter and grated, topped by a curved wreath, a gryphon passant, and elaborate mantling. The escutcheon and bordure are supported by a male "savage" on either side. In heraldry, the "savage" is a symbol of wildness and purity. Both figures are bearded and nude, except for a wreath of leaves to cover their middle section. Both figures hold a tree trunk. The dexter figure, who appears younger, holds the trunk with his right arm and it descends behind him. The sinister figure, who appears older, holds the trunk with his left arm and it descends in front of him. The escutcheon and the figures rest on a mantel, which is draped with a banner containing the Latin motto. From the mantel hang three medals ; the medal on the left represents the Order of the British Empire, the medal in the centre represents the Royal Victorian Order, and the medal on the right represents the Distinguished Service Order.
Extent1 bookplate : lithography ; 9.4 x 12.4 cm
Subject - GeographicEngland
Personal NamesWentworth-FitzWilliam, William Charles de Meuron
TypeStill Image
NotesWilliam Charles de Meuron Wentworth-FitzWilliam, the 7th Earl FitzWilliam, was a British aristocrat. He was born in Pointe de Meuron, Canada (a fact which apparently later created much controversy within the family) in 1872 and died at the family's seat Wentworth Woodhouse, located in the vicinity of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England, in 1943. He inherited the title Earl FitzWilliam in 1902 on the death of his grandfather William Wentworth-FitzWilliam, 6th Earl FitzWilliam. His father, Viscount Milton, had pre-deceased him. On his succession to the Earldom, he became one of the richest men in Britain, inheriting an estate of significant land, industrial and mineral-right holdings worth £3.3 billion in 2007 terms. He represented Wakefield in Parliament as a Liberal Unionist. He married Lady Maud Dundas, the daughter of Lawrence Dundas, 1st Marquess of Zetland. They had five children, four daughters and one son named William Henry Lawrence Peter, who succeeded him as the 8th Earl FitzWilliam. The 8th Earl was killed in an aircrash in France in 1948. An artists mark, "J. Vinycomb.", is found near the base of this bookplate, and notes the creation date as 1920. The text after Vinycomb's name is "MRIA" (Member of the Royal Irish Academy). John Vinycomb was the leading artist for the Belfast publisher Marcus Ward.
1), "William Wentworth-FitzWilliam, 7th Earl FitzWilliam, " (14 January 2008).
2) Bailey, C (2007). Black Diamonds: The Rise and Fall of an English Dynasty, London: Penguin.
3) RASCAL: Belfast Central Library, "John Vinycomb Collection" (14 January 2008).
4) According to RASCAL, the John Vinycomb Archive can be found at the Belfast Central Library, and consists of a collection of illustrations and some correspondence with J.S. Crone. It is part of the J.S. Crone Archive.
5) Wikipedia; "Order of the British Empire",
6) "Royal Victorian Order",
7) "Distinguished Service Order", (16 January 2008).
Access IdentifierBP MUR ENG P D464
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_ENG_P_D464
Is Part OfRBSC Bookplates
SourceOriginal Format: University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Thomas Murray Bookplates Collection. BP MUR ENG P D464
Date Available2008
Publisher - DigitalVancouver : University of British Columbia Library
RightsImages provided for research and reference use only. Permission to publish, copy, or otherwise use these images must be obtained from Rare Books and Special Collections:
TranscriptVICTORIA APPETITUS RATIONE PAREAT William Charles De Meuron, Earl Fitzwilliam
TranslationLet your desires obey your reason.
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