Cardinal Wolsey's Tomb-house,, headpiece for Chapter VII,"How the Earl of Surrey and the Fair Geraldine plighted their troth in the Cloisters of Saint George's Chapel," p. 56, for the fifth serial instalment of Windsor Castle. An Historical Romance (December 1842) in Ainsworth's Magazine, "Book the First: Anne Boleyn." 8.8 cm high by 10.2 cm wide, roughly framed. The Delamotte interpretation of the High Gothic edifice sets the stage for Cruikshank's steel-engraving of the lovers' meeting in the cloisters. [Click on the image to enlarge it.]

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Passage Illustrated

At the appointed hour the duke proceeded to the lower ward, and​stationed himself near Wolsey's tomb-house. Just as he arrived there, the vesper hymn arose from the adjoining fane, and its solemn strains somewhat soothed his troubled spirit. But they died away; and as the jester came not, Richmond grew impatient, and began to fear he had been duped by his informant. At length the service concluded, and, losing all patience, he was about to depart, when the jester peered round the lower angle of the tomb-house, and beckoned to him. Obeying the summons, the duke followed his conductor down the arched passage leading to the cloisters.​[Chapter VII. "How the Earl of Surrey and the Fair Geraldine plighted their troth in the Cloisters of Saint George's Chapel," p. 58]

Other Views of St. George's Chapel

Complemented by Johannot's steel-engraving of the lovers, the jester, and Richmond

Above: Johannot's somewhat Impressionistic realisation of the overheard lovers' conversation, The Meeting in the Cloisters of Saint George's Chapel (December 1842). [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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