The Statutes Of The Most Distinguished Order Of Saint Michael And Saint George.

RA Collection: Book

Record number



[London:: s.n.,], MDCCCXXXII.

Physical Description

48, [16] p., 7 pl.; 231 mm. (Quarto).

General Note

In the Royal Academy's copy pages 45-8 have been bound in between pages 40 and 41.


[T.p.; printer's imprint] - [Text, 16 August 1832] - [Emendation of text, 17 October 1832] - Index - [Divisional t.p., 'List Of The Knights And Officers Of The Most Distinguished Order Of Saint Michael And Saint George, From The Foundation Of The Order In April, 1818, To September, 1832.'] - [Text] - [Divisional t.p., 'List Of The Knights And Officers Of The Most Distinguished Order Of Saint Michael And Saint George, In Order Of Seniority, September, 1832.'] - [Text] - [Plates]. (Note that in the Royal Academy's copy the Index is bound in between the Text of August 1832 and its emendation of October 1832.)

Responsibility Note

The main text (of August 1832) concludes, 'By Command Of His Majesty, Goderich.' The emendation (October 1832) concludes, 'By The Sovereign's Command, N. Harris Nicolas, Chancellor Of The Order Of Saint Michael And Saint George.'

The printer is named on the title-page verso: 'Charles Whittingham, Tooks Court, Chancery Lane.'

Plates 4 and 5 are signed as printed by G.E. Madeley; plate 6, as lithographed by him.

Summary Note

The Order of St Michael and St George had been founded in 1818 by the Prince Regent (afterwards King George IV) to honour persons of the Ionian Islands and Malta and 'such other subjects of His Majesty as may hold high and confidential situations in the Mediterranean'. But in 1864 the Ionian Islands became part of Greece; and in 1868 the order was reconstituted to honour colonial officers and 'services rendered to the Crown in relation to the foreign affairs of the Empire', and it now honours persons who have rendered service to the British Crown in relation to Commonwealth or foreign nations. The first Grand Masters of the order were Sir Thomas Maitland (1818-24) and HRH the Duke of Cambridge (1825-50); the first Prelates were Archbishop Macarios of the Ionian Islands (1818-27) and Archdeacon Giuseppe Bartolomeo Xerri of Malta (1818-21).

The plates show insignia and mantles of the order. They are printed in color.


The front loose endpaper is inscribed in pencil, 'Presented to the Library of the Royal Academy by Alexr Durlacher', and in pencil, 'June 1879'. The front pastedown is inscribed in pencil, 'S.A.H.', i.e. S.A. Hart, librarian of the Royal Academy 1864-81.

The front pastedown carries a bookplate of the Royal Academy of Arts, replacing an earlier armorial bookplate, of which a faint impression remains on the facing loose endpaper.

Copy Note

Page 44 carries the seal of the order.

Binding Note

19th-century green watered cloth; spine lettered 'Statutes Of The Order Of St. Michael & St. George. 1832' and 'R.A.'

Name as Subject


Orders of knighthood and chivalry - Knights and knighthood - Associations - Costume - Dress - Insignia - Rules of procedure - Great Britain - Greece - Ionian Islands - Malta - Mediterranean Region - History - 19th century
Statutes - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Lithography - Chromolithography - Colour printing - Great Britain - 19th century