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Heraldry: A Pictorial Archive for Artists and Designers [Paperback]

Arthur Charles Fox-Davies
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Nov. 25 1991 Dover Pictorial Archive
Heraldry had its origin in the decorative shields used in Western Europe in the twelfth century. Today the varied and colorful designs that have developed over the centuries carry a rich aura of medieval romance that can enhance any number of artistic and design projects.
For this volume, Carol Belanger Grafton has selected 1,047 authentic heraldic designs and motifs from The Art of Heraldry, a classic study by Arthur Charles Fox-Davies (1871–1928), an English barrister and foremost authority on the subject. Dating from the fourteenth to the twentieth centuries, the illustrations include 393 full-color and 654 black-and-white designs: arms of individuals, among them such notables as Edward the Black Prince, John Milton, and Maximilian I; arms of institutions, corporations, guilds, towns, and cities; heraldic windows; examples of heraldic lions, eagles, and dragons; banners and crests; and more.
These designs represent a superb source of authentic royalty-free images that will give aristocratic flair to book and magazine illustrations, advertisements, newsletters, and other graphic projects. This volume is also a valuable visual reference for those interested in genealogy.

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Heraldry had its origin in the decorative shields used in Western Europe in the twelfth century. Today the varied and colorful designs that have developed over the centuries carry a rich aura of medieval romance that can enhance any number of artistic and design projects.
For this volume, Carol Belanger Grafton has selected 1,047 authentic heraldic designs and motifs from The Art of Heraldry, a classic study by Arthur Charles Fox-Davies (1871–1928), an English barrister and foremost authority on the subject. Dating from the fourteenth to the twentieth centuries, the illustrations include 393 full-color and 654 black-and-white designs: arms of individuals, among them such notables as Edward the Black Prince, John Milton, and Maximilian I; arms of institutions, corporations, guilds, towns, and cities; heraldic windows; examples of heraldic lions, eagles, and dragons; banners and crests; and more.
These designs represent a superb source of authentic royalty-free images that will give aristocratic flair to book and magazine illustrations, advertisements, newsletters, and other graphic projects. This volume is also a valuable visual reference for those interested in genealogy.
Dover (1991) original selection of designs from The Art of Heraldry: An Encyclopaedia of Armory, originally published by T. C. & E. C. Jack, London, 1904.


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4.0 out of 5 stars A feast for the eyes March 23 2000
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Like all Dover publications, I was not disappointed when I picked up this book. The illustrations themselves are rich and detailed, truly a feast for the eyes, for any artist or craftsperson. The helpful text and detailed descriptions make the book easy to use and very enjoyable. This book makes a fantastic suplement to the "Design Your Own Coat of Arms" by Rosemary A. Chorzempa (Dover), because it gives you a great wealth of ideas from which to work. I highly reccommend this book to anyone who has an interest in heraldry, you won't be disappointed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Artists book not for researchers May 3 2000
Format:Paperback
If you want to know what different styles of family emblems people have had this is a great book. If you want to know anything about the individual designs (whos it was, where it is from, age of origin), this is not the book. The book is 70% black and white and 30% color. It would be great for an artist, not a researcher.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A feast for the eyes March 23 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Like all Dover publications, I was not disappointed when I picked up this book. The illustrations themselves are rich and detailed, truly a feast for the eyes, for any artist or craftsperson. The helpful text and detailed descriptions make the book easy to use and very enjoyable. This book makes a fantastic suplement to the "Design Your Own Coat of Arms" by Rosemary A. Chorzempa (Dover), because it gives you a great wealth of ideas from which to work. I highly reccommend this book to anyone who has an interest in heraldry, you won't be disappointed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Artists book not for researchers May 3 2000
By "kotinca" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you want to know what different styles of family emblems people have had this is a great book. If you want to know anything about the individual designs (whos it was, where it is from, age of origin), this is not the book. The book is 70% black and white and 30% color. It would be great for an artist, not a researcher.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book of heraldry for artists March 8 2008
By Paul Campbell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a wonderful collection of over 1,047 individual coats of arms and full armorial achievements, with 393 in color. It is entirely a visual book, so there is no explanation of what one is looking at, but for a beginning heraldic artist looking for pointers or anyone interested in looking at heraldic art, you can't go wrong.
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4.0 out of 5 stars E-Z Heraldry Sept. 10 2005
By Alex la Rama - Published on Amazon.com
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Very easy way to known gourgeous examples of heraldry art of all history and lands.
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4.0 out of 5 stars for tattooing Oct. 9 2013
By jude - Published on Amazon.com
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its a good basis ti start making your own kool coat of arms I like its concepts
then I take some ideas and redraw them
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