Reference number
  • L/024
  • Collection
  • 1911
Extent and medium
  • 9 black and white photographs
  • ┆Photographs showing the Coronation Procession of 1911, passing by the Leicester Municipal Technical and Art School (now De Montfort University's Hawthorn Building). The photographs show: * Emperor Hadrian with soldiers and attendants * Ethelfleda, seated on a parade float * Henry III with knights in chain mail * Richard II * Richard III with soldiers on horseback wearing armour (two photographs) * The end of the Prince Rupert portion with the Anne of Denmark portion behind * A man and woman seated on horseback, probably from the Anne of Denmark portion. One of the Richard III photographs has a small note 'see over' beneath a boy dressed as a page. The reverse states "The boy above this is Robert Austin A.R.A". Robert Austin (1895-1973) was a Leicester born artist, illustrator, engraver and currency designer and widely considered to be one of Britain's leading mid-twentieth century printmakers. He studied at Leicester Municipal School of Art from 1909 to 1913 then at the Royal College of Art in London.
Administrative history
  • ┆King Edward VII died on the 6 May 1910 and his son George became King of the United Kingdom. His coronation took place at Westminster Abbey on 22 June 1911. The coronation was celebrated nationally. In Leicester a procession was held including foot and mounted soldiery, Oddfellows, Foresters and fire brigades, a historical pageant representing royal visits to Leicester, and the Mayor, magistrates and other public officials. The procession started on Western Boulevard before travelling to Victoria Park, where the Mayor planted a commemoration oak-tree. The historical pageant element of the procession was designed by Leicester School of Art headmaster Benjamin Fletcher working with HR Steer. The pageant represented Royal visits to Leicester, comprising: * Emperor Hadrian * Ethelfleda, daughter of Alfred the Great * Henry III * Richard II * Richard III * Lady Jane Grey * King Charles I * Prince Rupert * Princess Anne of Denmark Simon de Montfort and other nobles, soldiers and attendants were also portrayed.
Access status
  • Open
Conditions governing access
  • Open and available for researchers.
Conditions governing reproduction
  • Copies may be taken for research purposes only, subject to the condition of the material and within copyright guidelines.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
  • Found with photographs of the 1932 Leicester Pageant.
Archivist's note
  • Fonds level description by Katharine Short, archivist.
Date(s) of descriptions
  • July 2019