Norfolk Museums Collections

A Whiffler to the Norwich Corporation (print)

Description:

Print, 'A Whiffler to the Norwich Corporation', coloured lithograph on paper, undated; in plate lower margin right 'PAGE BROTHERS [ampersand] C.O NORWICH, LITH.'; in plate bottom centre of subject 'A WHIFFLER TO THE NORWICH CORPORATION. / The Whifflers (four in number) went before the Corporate Body on Guild days in order to clear the way for the procession. This / they performed by brandishing their short two handled swords with the greatest dexterity and agility without hurting anyone. / They are of very early origin, probably 15th century. The Office was done away with in 1832.'

Materials:

paper (support)

Inscription:

A WHIFFLER TO THE NORWICH CORPORATION. / The Whifflers (four in number) went before the Corporate Body on Guild days in order to clear the way for the procession. This / they performed by brandishing their short two handled swords with the greatest dexterity and agility without hurting anyone. / They are of very early origin, probably 15th century. The Office was done away with in 1832. PAGE BROTHERS [ampersand] C.O NORWICH, LITH.

Accession number:

NWHCM : 1954.138.Todd7.Mancroft.128

On display at:

Not currently on public display

Subjects:

building | figure | guildhall | male | whiffler

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