High Sheriff of the East Riding of Yorkshire

Very proud of my dad being appointed as High Sheriff for the year 2011 to 2012 so I decided to paint him! The ceremonial uniform that is worn by High Sheriffs today is called Court Dress. It has remained essentially unchanged since the late seventeenth century and consists of a black or dark blue velvet coat with steel-cut buttons, breeches, shoes with cut-steel buckles, a sword and a cocked hat. A lace jabot is worn around the neck. The Office of High Sheriff is the oldest secular Office in the United Kingdom after the Crown and dates from Saxon times. The exact date of origin is unknown but the Office has certainly existed for over 1,000 years since the Shires were formed. Oil on canvas 100 x 150cm

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