Knights of the Garter - The Laughing Cavaliers_
Knights of the Garter – the Laughing Cavaliers
The Laughing Cavalier (1624) by Frans Hals
Auctioned in Paris, 1865
Richard Seymour-Conway, KG #701, 4th Marquess of Hertford (1800 to 1870) outbid Baron James de Rothschild at more than six times the sales estimate!
James Mayer de Rothschild, Baron de Rothschild (1792 to 1868) - a German-French banker and the founder of the French branch of the Rothschild banking dynasty could easily have outbid Richard Seymour-Conway but he knew who his bosses were.
'Knights of the Garter' founded 1348 in Oxford
Motto - "Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense"
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Order of the Knights of the Garter.
Founded 1348, Woodstock, Oxford, England.
An elite ‘British’ Order limited to 24 knights at any one time…