Ian. G. Brennan   ian@heraldicsculptor.com



A small selection of the commissioned Coats of Arms, Royal, Corporate and Family Crests carved and painted by Heraldic Sculptor Ian G Brennan;


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This Website outlines the work of the Sculptor and Woodcarver to the British Royal Household

Ian G Brennan; Sculptor to the Most Noble Order of the Garter and Most Honourable Order of the Bath; has been a professional artist, woodcarver and heraldic sculptor for thirty years. Heraldic Artist and Sculptor Ian G Brennan have been commissioned to create carved and painted Family Coat of Arms and Crests not only for private and Corporate Clients, but also for Nobility and Royalty from all over the World. For the past twenty five years Ian has  produced over a hundred carved, painted and gilded Crests and Coats of Arms for The College of Arms in London which is one of the few remaining official heraldic authorities in Europe and is not only the official heraldic authority for England, Wales and Northern Ireland but also much of the Commonwealth including Australia and New Zealand.


Ian's carved, painted and gilded Coats of Arms, Crests, swords and shields are produced in many materials including wood, bronze, marble/resin and sterling silver and have been placed in Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral, The Royal College of Arms, Museums, Government Buildings, Company Receptions, Board Rooms, as well as Cunard’s Liner Queen Victoria and both Stately and private homes all over the World : for further details about commissioning a carved Coat of Arms or Crest ; Creating a Family Crest /Coat of Arms : ian@heraldicsculptor.com 


St George’s Chapel Windsor     –     Grand Lobby Queen Victoria     –     St Paul’s’ Cathedral     -    The Lady Chapel Westminster Abbey 


Ian G Brennan has exhibited many examples of his work in Museums; The Queens Room on-board the Cunard Ocean Liner Queen Elizabeth 2; Burlington House; Home of the Royal Academy of Arts and also within the historic Royal setting of St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle where Ian has also been invited on a number of occasions to give fully illustrated talks about the various aspects of his work particularly how he first became a sculptor.


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The larger version of the Arms were carved in wood; the smaller version was cast in bronze - carved lime wood Arms with Supporters -  lime wood and bronze version of Arms without Supporters   

( 36 inches high x  30 inches wide )                   ( 30 inches high x 26 inches wide )           ( 25 inches high x 16 inches wide )


Heraldic sculptures are often seen as an exciting picture language using stunning images, vibrant design and visual colour, incorporating a glorious mêlée of signs and  symbols which are frequently chosen not only to reflect the life but also the career of the person concerned. Although Heraldry is viewed by many today as an ancient art form, its images are as strong today as they were in the Middle Ages. All over the world Heraldic Arts traditional striking designs of realistic and fanciful creatures are frequently borrowed and turned into successful Corporate trademarks and modern logos.


A selection of the 94 Royal Crowns, Crests and Coronets produced by Ian G Brennan for the Knights and Ladies of the Order of the Garter and Knights of the Bath ; Images shown here are

King Harald V of Norway's Crown - Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands - Princess Anne; The Princess Royal's Coronet - Former British Prime Minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher's Coronet - The two latest Knights of the Garter Crests in Ian's studio about to be delivered to Windsor Castle.

For a panoramic view of many of the 39 Royal Crowns, Coronets and Crests created by Ian G Brennan between 1989 and 2009 commissioned for the Royal Knights, Knights and Ladies of the Most Noble Order of the Garter in St Georges’s Chapel Windsor Castle. Please click here.


In 1989 sculptor Ian G Brennan was officially appointed Sculptor to the Most Noble Order of the Garter and the Most Honourable Order of the Bath and since that time Ian has spent an average of four months of each year on a wide variety of commissions in both wood and bronze for the British Royal Household. 

For the past 25 years amongst Ian’s many commissions he has received from the Royal Household he has carved, painted and gilded all the Royal Crowns, Coronets and Knights Crests for the Ladies and Knights of the Garter and Knights of the Bath, two of the highest and oldest Orders of Chivalry in the World. Many of these heraldic sculptures are now placed in Henry V11 Lady Chapel in Westminster Abbey and in St George’s Chapel within Windsor Castle.

The Heraldic sculpture commissions vary from gilded crowns and coronets to carved and painted crests and coats of arms produced in both bas-relief and three dimensions, for and European Royalty, Leaders in Business and Heads of State. Along with these commissions include realistic sculptures of animals and birds, along with the more traditional heraldic carvings including regal lions, royal unicorns and mythical beasts.

Outlined here are many examples of heraldic sculptures Ian G Brennan has created during the past two decades and although only a selection of the carved and painted Coats of Arms and Crests Ian has produced for private clients and particularly the Royal Household are shown on this website, www.heraldicsculptor.com does however give a good idea of the wide variety of heraldic sculptures created in both wood and bronze Ian G Brennan has been commissioned to produced.



HM the Queen in procession to St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle for the instillation of Royal Knights and Knights and Lady Companions of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.


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Examples of some larger carved wood, marble/resin and bronze (hot metal) Coats of Arms 



Currently there are thirty one sculptures created by Ian G Brennan on public display in Windsor Castle, these sculptures have been produced in a wide variety of styles and often vary from the more traditional heraldic sculptures, to sculptures which are somewhat more realistic in design. In Westminster Abbey  at the time of  the Royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, there will be thirty four sculptures created by Ian which have also been commissioned by the Royal Household on display in Westminster Abbey.

The wide variety of these 121 commissions from the Royal Household Ian G Brennan has received during the past twenty three years can be well illustrated when in 2008 on St George’s Day at Windsor Castle, Ian was commissioned to create sculptures of a black Labrador, Mute Swan along with the Royal Crest and Sword for HRH Prince William, Ian was also informed by HM The Queen at the time that HRH Prince William was to become the 1000 Knight of the Garter to hold this the highest order of chivalry, since 1348.


HRH Prince William’s Royal Crest – The Prince’s Crest and Sword in St Georges Chapel Windsor – the small red escallop.

HRH Prince William’s Royal Crest and Sword made by Ian G Brennan now placed upon the Prince’s helmet in St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle. As the second in line to the British throne; Prince William of Wales like his father the Prince of Wales, also uses a white label of three points but in addition on the lion is a small carved red ‘escallop’ to honour the memory of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales. The decision for Prince William to recognise his mother this way is a break with tradition as it is highly unusual for members of the Royal Family to include maternal symbols in their heraldic emblems.


A selection of the 39 Crowns, Coronets and Crests carved and painted by Ian G Brennan between 1989 - 2009

for the Royal Knights, Knights and Ladies of the Most Noble Order of the Garter which were placed in St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.

Shown top to bottom – left to right

Sir John Major - HRH The Duke of Cambridge; Prince William - Sir Edmund Hillary

Baroness Margaret Thatcher – The Duke of Devonshire – HM King Harald V of Norway

Lord Butler of Brockwell – His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan – Sir Edward Heath.



Carved, painted and gilded lime wood Arms



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The carved Coronet and Crests for a Lady and Knights Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter along with four carved Crests for the most senior Knights Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, in sculptor Ian G Brennan's studio awaiting delivery to Windsor Castle and Westminster Abbey. They include the Coronet for Lady Soames, daughter of Sir Winston Churchill and Crests for the former British Prime Minister Sir John Major (Stag) and the former Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham of Corhill (Griffin) for further information Garter Crests.  Bath Crests.

These web pages also outline the history of the various Heraldic Achievements in its many forms including The Most Noble Order of the Garter which is the  highest and oldest surviving national Order of Chivalry in the world today, founded by King Edward III in 1348 and The Most Honourable Order of the Bath England's most premier meritorious Order of the Crown which was established by King George I in 1725. The Order of the Garter is said to have been inspired by the medieval legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table who were men of great courage, courtesy, honour, dignity and nobleness.



The carved and painted Royal Crest for HRH The Prince of Wales, The Great Master of the Order of the Bath 



Four of the one hundred Knights of the Garter and Knights of the Bath, Royal Crowns, Coronets and Crests carved by Ian G Brennan in St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle and Henry VII, Lady Chapel in Westminster Abbey.


Shown below;  Heraldic Artist Ian G Brennan's carved and gilded Royal Crests and Coronet ; The Crests which were commissioned for the most recent Royal Knights to be awarded this the most senior Order of Chivalry, the Most Noble Order of the Garter. These three carved Crests for HM The Queen's sons Prince Andrew, The Duke of York and Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex and the Queen's grandson HRH Prince William, recognises their seniority within the Royal family; joining their mother, The Sovereign HM Queen Elizabeth II, father Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, brother Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales and sister Princess Anne, The Princess Royal.






The Royal Crests and Coronet carved by Ian for HRH Prince Edward the Earl of Wessex and HRH Prince Andrew; The Duke of York; The Duke of York’s Royal Crest placed upon his Knights helmet in St Georges Chapel Windsor Castle

These pages include the complete photographic record of all the carved and painted Royal Crown, Coronet and Crest since 1989 which have been placed in St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle and Henry VII Chapel in Westminster Abbey. All were commissioned for the latest Knights and Ladies of the Most Noble Order of the Garter and the most senior Knights Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath. Also using photographs taken at various stages, show how sculptor Ian G Brennan has created these Heraldic sculptures transforming these often ancient and historic heraldic two dimensional designs into unique three-dimensional painted and gilded Heraldic Art.


The Queen Victoria Crest and modern Cunard Logo commissioned for the Grand Lobby of the new Cunard Liner the Queen Victoria

              40 inches wide  x  35 inches high           --               40 inches x 58 inches high    

For further details and stage photographs showing how both Cunard bas relief sculptures were produced; please click appropriate photographs. 



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The Royal Unicorn sculpture in St George's Chapel Windsor Castle and a limited edition bronze with the bronze patina 

37 inches ( 94cm) long

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For further information about Ian's work, or details about commissioning a carved Coat of Arms, Family Crest or Heraldic sculpture in wood or bronze;

  please contact Ian G Brennan:- 


Ian G Brennan: nr Portsmouth – Hampshire. SO31 9GN




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