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Knighthood Collection

"Knighthood: A Timeless Legacy of Courage, Chivalry, and Honor" Step into the world of knighthood, where legends are born and heroes arise

Background imageKnighthood Collection: David Attenborough, British naturalist

David Attenborough, British naturalist
David Attenborough. Caricature of the British naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Frederick Attenborough (born 1926) holding a frog

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Hugues de Payens, Grand Master of the Knights Templar. Artist: Lehmann, Henri (1814-1882)

Hugues de Payens, Grand Master of the Knights Templar. Artist: Lehmann, Henri (1814-1882)
Hugues de Payens, Grand Master of the Knights Templar. Found in the collection of Musee de l Histoire de France, Chateau de Versailles

Background imageKnighthood Collection: The Vigil, c1884, (1938). Artist: John Pettie

The Vigil, c1884, (1938). Artist: John Pettie
The Vigil, c1884. The Vigil of Arms was one of the religious exercises, which in the Middle Ages preceded the conferment of knighthood

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Manchester United manager Matt Busby prepares for his second knighthood granted by

Manchester United manager Matt Busby prepares for his second knighthood granted by the Pope December 1972

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Ernest Rutherford, caricature

Ernest Rutherford, caricature
Ernest Rutherford (1871-1937). Caricature of the New Zealand physicist Ernest Rutherford, with an electron orbiting his head

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Hugh I, Count of Vermandois (1057-1101), 1840s. Creator: Decaisne, Henri (1799-1852)

Hugh I, Count of Vermandois (1057-1101), 1840s. Creator: Decaisne, Henri (1799-1852)
Hugh I, Count of Vermandois (1057-1101), 1840s. Found in the Collection of the Musee de l Histoire de France, Chateau de Versailles

Background imageKnighthood Collection: The fight: St George killing the dragon VI, 1866. Artist: Burne-Jones, Sir Edward Coley

The fight: St George killing the dragon VI, 1866. Artist: Burne-Jones, Sir Edward Coley
The fight: St George killing the dragon VI, 1866. Found in the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Elton John with Sir John Gielgud at a charity show in London

Elton John with Sir John Gielgud at a charity show in London

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Sir Simon Felbrigge, 1397-1442 (chromolitho)

Sir Simon Felbrigge, 1397-1442 (chromolitho)
2811856 Sir Simon Felbrigge, 1397-1442 (chromolitho) by Hope, William St John (1854-1919); Private Collection; (add.info.: Sir Simon Felbrigge, 1397-1442)

Background imageKnighthood Collection: The Apostle Saint James the Great. Artist: El Greco, Dominico (1541-1614)

The Apostle Saint James the Great. Artist: El Greco, Dominico (1541-1614)
The Apostle Saint James the Great. Found in the collection of Museo del Greco, Toledo

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Sir Samuel George Johnson (1831-1909), KT

Sir Samuel George Johnson (1831-1909), KT
Artist: Lorimer, John Henry - Title: Sir Samuel George Johnson (1831-1909), KT - Date: 1891 - Original Medium and Size: Oil on Canvas 127 x 101.6

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Prince Alphonse of Poitiers (1220-1271), Count of Toulouse, 1837

Prince Alphonse of Poitiers (1220-1271), Count of Toulouse, 1837. Found in the Collection of the Musee de l Histoire de France, Chateau de Versailles

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Queen Elizabeth I knighting Sir Francis Drake on biard his ship, the Golden Hind, Deptford

Queen Elizabeth I knighting Sir Francis Drake on biard his ship, the Golden Hind, Deptford, 1581 (colour litho)
5230138 Queen Elizabeth I knighting Sir Francis Drake on biard his ship, the Golden Hind, Deptford, 1581 (colour litho) by Gilbert

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Graham Taylor Watford manager shares an historic moment with his chairman Elton John

Graham Taylor Watford manager shares an historic moment with his chairman Elton John and his supporters in 1984 WFC

Background imageKnighthood Collection: The Conquest of Constantinople by the Crusaders. Artist: Chatzis, Vasilios (1870-1915)

The Conquest of Constantinople by the Crusaders. Artist: Chatzis, Vasilios (1870-1915)
The Conquest of Constantinople by the Crusaders. Private Collection

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Knightly Vigil

Knightly Vigil
A knights vigil at arms

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Lieutenant (Sir) Ernest Shackleton

Lieutenant (Sir) Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922), Antarctic explorer. In the year this photograph was taken he and three companions established a record for reaching the farthest southern point

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Robes of the Royal Victorian Order, 1953

Robes of the Royal Victorian Order, 1953. The piece is part of the Royal Collection at the Tower of London. From The Crown Jewels, by Martin Holmes FSA. [Her Majestys Stationery Office, London, 1953]

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Nobleman by Birth, Knight of the Order of Saint Stanislaus. Irkutsk, 1904

Nobleman by Birth, Knight of the Order of Saint Stanislaus. Irkutsk, 1904. Creator: Boris Vasilievich Smirnov
Nobleman by Birth, Knight of the Order of Saint Stanislaus. Irkutsk, 1904. Boris Vasilievich Smirnov (1881-1954) was a Russian artist who in 1904 traveled by prisoner transport from western Russia

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Elton John with Larry King (husband of Billie-Jean King) at Wimbledon playing tennis

Elton John with Larry King (husband of Billie-Jean King) at Wimbledon playing tennis. 5th June 1974

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Elton John entertainer at home Virginia Water Surrey

Elton John entertainer at home Virginia Water Surrey

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Elton John in his new £50, 000 mansion in Camberley, Surrey. 21st June 1974

Elton John in his new £50, 000 mansion in Camberley, Surrey. 21st June 1974
Elton John in his new £ 50, 000 mansion in Camberley, Surrey. 21st June 1974

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Elton John won £1 million damages from the Sun newspaper

Elton John won £1 million damages from the Sun newspaper
Elton John won £ 1 million damages from the Sun newspaper. The settlement for untrue drug and rent boy allegations was reached on Sunday 11th, the day before the case came to court

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Guillaume de Clermont defending the walls at the Siege of Acre, 1291

Guillaume de Clermont defending the walls at the Siege of Acre, 1291. Artist: Papety, Dominique (1815-1849)
Guillaume de Clermont defending the walls at the Siege of Acre, 1291. Found in the collection of Musee de l Histoire de France, Chateau de Versailles

Background imageKnighthood Collection: The barefoot procession of Crusaders around the city walls of Jerusalem, July 14, 1099

The barefoot procession of Crusaders around the city walls of Jerusalem, July 14, 1099. Found in the collection of Musee de l Histoire de France, Chateau de Versailles

Background imageKnighthood Collection: The Accolade, 1901. Artist: Edmund Blair Leighton

The Accolade, 1901. Artist: Edmund Blair Leighton
The Accolade, 1901. From a private collection

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Sir Elton John pictured at Watford Football Club. 5th August 1991

Sir Elton John pictured at Watford Football Club. 5th August 1991

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Winston Churchill being made a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, UK

Winston Churchill being made a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, UK, appointed 24 Apr 53, installed 14th June 1954. Windsor. June 1954

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Elton John March 1974, playing tennis at Wimbledon 1974

Elton John March 1974, playing tennis at Wimbledon 1974

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Elton John March 1974, with Larry King (husband of Billie-Jean King

Elton John March 1974, with Larry King (husband of Billie-Jean King) at Wimbledon playing tennis 1974

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Singer songwriter Elton John crowns Miss Jubilee Zoe Spink in aid of the Queen

Singer songwriter Elton John crowns Miss Jubilee Zoe Spink in aid of the Queens Silver Jubilee Appeal and The Golddiggers Charitable Trust which helps under-privileged children

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Elton John superstar after beginning hair transplant operations

Elton John superstar after beginning hair transplant operations

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Elton John superstar in Stockholm in his recently purchased silver fox fur coat

Elton John superstar in Stockholm in his recently purchased silver fox fur coat

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Elton john the singer with woman and two dogs on patio

Elton john the singer with woman and two dogs on patio

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Sir Elton John pictured at Watford Football Club. 5th August 1991

Sir Elton John pictured at Watford Football Club. 5th August 1991

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Media Mogul Lew Grade with his wife Lady Grade and their son Paul

Media Mogul Lew Grade with his wife Lady Grade and their son Paul, as they arrive home in Cavendish Square from Buckingham Palace following his knighthood investiture. 11th February 1969

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Knights Templar Seals of 1180, 1203, 1224, 1234, 1845. Artist: Essex, Richard Hamilton

Knights Templar Seals of 1180, 1203, 1224, 1234, 1845. Artist: Essex, Richard Hamilton
Knights Templar Seals of 1180, 1203, 1224, 1234, 1845. From a private collection

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Rinaldo preventing Armida from committing suicide, 1664

Rinaldo preventing Armida from committing suicide, 1664. Private Collection

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Clorinda rescues Olindo and Sophronia

Clorinda rescues Olindo and Sophronia. Found in the Collection of Musei di Strada Nuova, Genoa

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Vanquished, 1884. Artist: Leighton, Edmund Blair (1853-1922)

Vanquished, 1884. Artist: Leighton, Edmund Blair (1853-1922)
Vanquished, 1884. Private Collection

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Single combat of Peresvet and Temir-murza on the Kulikovo Field in 1380

Single combat of Peresvet and Temir-murza on the Kulikovo Field in 1380. Artist: Jacobi, Mavriki Petrovich (1906-1938)
Single combat of Peresvet and Temir-murza on the Kulikovo Field in 1380. Private Collection

Background imageKnighthood Collection: The sacrifice of Sibylla of Jerusalem. Artist: Auvray, Felix (1800-1833)

The sacrifice of Sibylla of Jerusalem. Artist: Auvray, Felix (1800-1833)
The sacrifice of Sibylla of Jerusalem. Found in the collection of Musee des beaux-arts de Valenciennes

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Guy of Lusignan, King of Jerusalem and Cyprus. Artist: Picot, Francois-Edouard (1786-1868)

Guy of Lusignan, King of Jerusalem and Cyprus. Artist: Picot, Francois-Edouard (1786-1868)
Guy of Lusignan, King of Jerusalem and Cyprus. Found in the collection of Musee de l Histoire de France, Chateau de Versailles

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Dinshaw Edulji Wacha, Parsi Indian politician, 1902-1903

Dinshaw Edulji Wacha, Parsi Indian politician, 1902-1903. Wacha was one of the founders of the Indian National Congress and its President in 1901

Background imageKnighthood Collection: St Martin is Knighted, 1312-1317. Artist: Simone Martini

St Martin is Knighted, 1312-1317. Artist: Simone Martini
St Martin is Knighted, 1312-1317. Scenes from the Life of St Martin in the Cappella di San Martino, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Mirror Group chairman Sir Victor Blank, pictured with family after being knighted by

Mirror Group chairman Sir Victor Blank, pictured with family after being knighted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace February 199. Wife Sylion Blank, daughter Anna Blank and son Simon Blank

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Michael Attenborough (son of Richard Attenborough) marries Jane Seymour

Michael Attenborough (son of Richard Attenborough) marries Jane Seymour

Background imageKnighthood Collection: Knight of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem

Knight of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem with the decoration of the order. Chromolithography. Catholic order of chivalry



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"Knighthood: A Timeless Legacy of Courage, Chivalry, and Honor" Step into the world of knighthood, where legends are born and heroes arise. From the captivating narration of David Attenborough to the grandeur of Hugues de Payens, Grand Master of the Knights Templar, this ancient tradition has fascinated generations. Intricate brushstrokes by artist Henri Lehmann bring to life "The Vigil, " a masterpiece that captures the essence of a knight's unwavering dedication. Ernest Rutherford's caricature reminds us that even great minds can be touched by the allure of knighthood. Witness Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones' portrayal in "The Fight: St George Killing the Dragon VI, " an epic depiction showcasing bravery against all odds. El Greco's mastery shines through in his portrayal of The Apostle Saint James the Great, reminding us that knights were not only warriors but also men guided by faith. Beyond battles and quests for glory lies camaraderie; Elton John with Sir John Gielgud at a charity show exemplifies how knighthood transcends social boundaries. Sir Samuel George Johnson's distinguished presence as KT symbolizes honor bestowed upon those who have made significant contributions to society. Travel back in time with Prince Alphonse of Poitiers, Count of Toulouse - his portrait from 1837 evokes nostalgia for an era when chivalry reigned supreme. Queen Elizabeth I bestowing knighthood upon Sir Francis Drake aboard his ship paints a vivid picture filled with triumph and adventure. "The Conquest of Constantinople by Crusaders" immortalized by Vasilios Chatzis transports us to a pivotal moment in history when knights fought valiantly for their cause. Finally, immerse yourself in Knightly Vigil – an embodiment of loyalty and sacrifice that defined these noble warriors throughout centuries.