Windsor Castle. An Historical Romance for August 1842 in Ainsworth's Magazine, which Ainsworth had founded after he had quarrelled with the publisher and left his editorial post at Bentley's Miscellany. "Book the First: Anne Boleyn," Chapter III, "Of the Grand Procession to Windsor Castle; Of the meeting of King Henry the Eighth and Anne Boleyn at the Lower Gate; Of their entrance into the Castle; and how the Butcher was Hanged from the Curfew Tower," bottom of p. 29:height 6.9 cm width 10.5 cm, vignetted — facing Johannot's The Meeting of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. [Click on the image to enlarge it.], view of the Castle from Windsor, based on a sketch made by Sandhurst Military Academy drawing-master W. Alfred Delamotte for the second instalment of
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Passage Complemented: Windsor Castle as seen in the summer of 1842
Amid continued fanfares and acclamations, Harry then led Anne Boleyn through the gateway, followed by the ladies in waiting, who were joinedby Richmond and Surrey. The prelate, chancellor, register, black rod,and other officers of the Garter, together with the whole of the royal retinue who had dismounted, came after them. A vast concourse of spectators, extending almost as far as the Lieutenant's Tower, was collected in front of the alms-knights' houses; but a wide space had been kept clear by the henchmen for the passage of the sovereign and his train, and along this Henry proceeded with Anne Boleyn, in the direction of the upper ward. Just as he reached the Norman Tower, and passed the entrance to the keep, the Duke of Shoreditch, who was standing beneath the gateway, advanced towards him and prostrated himself on one knee. [Chapter III. "Of the Grand Procession to Windsor Castle; Of the Meeting of King Henry the Eighth and Anne Boleyn at the Lower Gate; Of their Entrance into the Castle; And how the Butcher was Hanged from the Curfew Tower," pp. 29-30]
Johannot's Complementary Steel-engraving for Chapter III
Above: Tony Johannot's painterly realisation of the historic scene that unfolds in Delamotte's wood-engraving on the facing pages, The Meeting of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn [Click on image to enlarge it.]
Ainsworth, William Harrison. Windsor Castle. An Historical Romance. Illustrated by George Cruikshank and Tony Johannot. With designs on wood by W. Alfred Delamotte. London: Routledge, 1880. Based on the Henry Colburn edition of 1844.
Patten, Robert L. Chapter 30, "The 'Hoc' Goes Down." George Cruikshank's Life, Times, and Art, vol. 2: 1835-1878. Rutgers, NJ: Rutgers U. P., 1991; London: The Lutterworth Press, 1996. Pp. 153-186.
Worth, George J. William Harrison Ainsworth. New York: Twayne, 1972.
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