A small selection of the commissioned Coats of Arms, Royal, Corporate and Family Crests carved and painted by Heraldic Sculptor Ian G Brennan;
This Website outlines the work of the Sculptor and Woodcarver to the British Royal Household
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 Sculptor using a wide variety of different materials,
including wood, marble resin, sterling silver and bronze for over
Sculptor Ian G Brennan has been commissioned to create a wide variety
of unique sculptures including many carved and painted Coat of Arms
and Crests for Family and Corporate Clients, the Nobility and Royalty
from all over the World.
the past three decades Ian GB has created in three dimensions
over one hundred and thirty unique heraldic sculptures for the British
Royal Household, including a number created directly 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.
carved, painted and gilded Coats of Arms and Crests have been
installed in such diverse places as Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey,
St Paul's Cathedral, The College of Arms, Museums, Government
Buildings, Company Receptions, Board Rooms, HMS Victory, Cunard Ships,
Public Places and both Stately and Private Homes all over the World.
commissions have included creating a wide variety of sculptures for
both Private and Corporate clients, along with over one hundred and
thirty unique heraldic sculptures for the British Royal Household.
These commissions have included creating sculptures for over one
hundred Knights, three British Prime Ministers, twenty-seven British
and European Kings, Queens, Princes, Princesses, Earls, Lords, an
Emperor and over two hundred Ladies and Gentlemen from all over the
Examples of Ian’s sculptures can also be found on book and magazine covers and also on a set of Royal Mail Postage Stamps featuring Windsor Castle issued in 2017.
Examples of Ian’s carved wood, marble/resin and bronze Coats of Arms
Arms are custom made to size with the detail upon the shield, also carved in base-relief; not just painted upon the shield and can be finished with either enamel paints or polished.
Various Arms and Crests being worked on in Ian’s studio.
Sculptor Ian G Brennan has exhibited his work in such diverse venues as
Art Galleries, Museums and during
1990 the Museum Service in England toured a large collection of his
sculptures as a 'one man' exhibition to various museums throughout the
Ian has also exhibited his work in the Queens Room on the QE2, Burlington House; Home of the Royal Academy of Arts and also within the Historic Royal setting of St George's Chapel and even the dungeons of Windsor Castle, where he has also been invited to give talks about the various aspects of his work. Since 1992 Ian has regularly been invited as a Guest Speaker on-board the QE2 and the three latest Cunard Queens.
For further information please contact Ian GB at email@example.com
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St George’s Chapel Windsor – Grand Lobby Queen Victoria – St Paul’s’ Cathedral - The Lady Chapel Westminster Abbey
webpages include a photographic record of all the
carved, painted and gilded Royal Crowns, Coronets and Crests which
have been placed in St George's Chapel in Windsor
Castle and Henry VII Chapel in Westminster Abbey since 1989.
Commissioned for the latest Royal Knights, Knight 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.
Using photographs taken many shows how Ian has created a number of these Crowns and Crests transforming often ancient and historic two-dimensional designs into unique three-dimensional carved and painted Heraldic Sculptures.
Please click centre photo to enlarge
The larger version of the Coat of Arms was originally carved in wood and the smaller replica was then cast in bronze - carved and stained lime wood Arms with Supporters - painted lime wood Arms- lime wood and bronze version of Arms without Supporters
( 36 inches high x 30 inches wide ) ( 30 inches high x 26 inches wide ) (18 inches high x 17 inches wide) ( 25 inches high x 16 inches wide )
is often seen as an ancient 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 and relevant today as
they were in the Middle Ages.
over the World Heraldic Arts traditional striking designs of
realistic and fanciful creatures are often borrowed and turned
into successful Corporate trademarks and modern logos.
Outlined here are some examples of heraldic sculptures Ian G Brennan has created during the past thirty-five years and although only a selection of these sculptures Ian has created for private clients and particularly the Royal Household are shown on this website, it does however give an idea of the wide variety of unique heraldic sculptures he has been commissioned to create in both bas-relief and three dimensions during this period.
Carved Lime wood painted and gilded Arms - In Mediaeval time to identify an individual Knight in full armour riding on Horseback, he would display his unique ‘Crest’ upon his helm and display his Arms upon his shield
Ian is now also considering creating a small number of castings of a Knight on horseback set upon a piece of English Burr Elm. The sculpture would have the individual client's own unique Crest and Arms placed upon the Knights Helm and Shield, cast in either gilded solid marble/resin as shown, or cast in solid bronze. (20 inches high)
|In 1989 Heraldic 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
spends an average of five months of each year on a wide
variety of unique commissions in both wood and bronze for
the British Royal Household.
the past thirty years many of commissions from the Royal Household
have included creating in three-dimensions all the carved, painted and
gilded Crests for the latest Knights of the Most honourable Order of
the Bath which was first established in 1725; along with creating all
the Royal Crowns, Coronets and Knights Crests for the latest Ladies
and Knights of the Most Noble Order of the Garter which was first
established in 1348.
are two of the oldest and highest Orders of Chivalry in the World and
records show that Ian G Brennan has individually created more of these
unique sculpted Heraldic achievements than any other person since
records began and continues to do so today.
there are over seventy of Ian’s sculptures on public display in the
ancient and historic settings of St Paul’s Cathedral, Henry V11 Lady
Chapel in Westminster Abbey and St George’s Chapel, in Windsor
Castle. These Heraldic commissions vary from gilded Crowns and Coronets,
to carved and painted Crests and Coats of Arms produced in
high bas-relief and three dimensions.
These commissions have included realistic sculptures of animals, birds and the human form along with the more traditional heraldic carvings which include Regal Lions, Royal Unicorns and Mythical Beasts
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
Shown below are a
small selection of the
127 Royal Crowns, Coronets and Crests created by Ian GB
which were commissioned by the Royal Household during the past thirty years
and placed on display in Henry V11 Chapel in Westminster Abbey and St
George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Kings and Queens Crowns and a Crest for an Emperor created by Ian GB for King
Harald V of Norway's - - Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands - His Imperial
Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan - King Felipe V1 of Spain – King
Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.
carved and gilded Crown for King Felipe V1 of Spain Ian completed
twenty-nine years after he produced the Crown for King Felipe’s Father,
King Juan Carlos.
It is exceptionally rare since the Order of the Garter’s foundation 1348, for two identical carved, painted and gilded Crowns to be displayed in St George’s Chapel Windsor at the same time. King Juan Carlos Crown was produced by Ian in 1989 along with King Felipe V1 of Spain’s Crown completed and placed in St George’s Chapel during May 2018.
Later that same year Ian was also commissioned to create the Crown for King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and was placed in in the Chapel in 2019 alongside the Crown Ian produced the Kings Mother Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands thirty years earlier.
worked on the Crowns for King Juan Carlos of Spain and Queen Beatrix of
the Netherlands in 1989 – King Felipe of Spain’s Crown in 2018
and The King of the Netherlands Crown in 1019.
the Royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle; The Duke and Duchess
of Sussex in St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, thirty-two of Ian’s
carved painted and gilded Crowns, Coronets and Crests commissioned by the
Royal Household were on display either side of the aisle within the Quire
of St George’s Chapel..
During the Royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton; The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Westminster Abbey, thirty-four of Ian’s carved and painted Crests also commissioned by the Royal Household were on display in Henry V11 Chapel.
wide variety of the 137 commissions Ian G Brennan has received from the
Royal Household during the past thirty plus years can be well illustrated
when during one year alone Ian was commissioned to create more realistic
sculptures such as a Knight in Armour on Horseback, a Hawk, Labrador and
On St George’s Day at Windsor Castle in 2005, Ian was also informed by HM The Queen that HRH Prince William; The Duke of Cambridge, was to become the 1000 Knight of the Garter to hold this the highest order of Chivalry since 1348, Ian was later also commissioned to produce Princess Williams Royal Crest and Sword.
HRH Prince William’s The Duke of Cambridge’s Royal Crest – The Prince’s Crest and Sword in St George's Chapel Windsor – the small red escallop.
HRH Prince William’s Royal Crest and Sword 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.
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 the HRH The Princess Royal, 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 George's Chapel Windsor Castle
For a panoramic view of many of the Royal Crowns, Coronets and Crests created by Ian G Brennan commissioned for the Royal Knights, Knights and Ladies of the Most Noble Order of the Garter in St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle. Please click here.
The carved Royal Unicorn sculpture shown in St George's Chapel Windsor and a limited-edition bronze version - 37 inches (94cm) long
A selection of the 127 Crowns, Coronets and Crests carved and painted by Ian G Brennan between 1989 - 2021
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.
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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.|
selection of the 127 carved, painted and gilded Crowns, Coronets and Crests
placed in St George’s Chapel Windsor and Henry V11 Chapel in Westminster Abbey
Ian has created during the past thirty years.
Although Sculptor Ian GB specialises in Heraldic sculptures, for
other examples of Ian’s
A small example of Ian GB large and small wood carving and bronze
starboard side entrance port on Lord Nelson’s Flagship HMS Victory –The
‘Victory Sculpture’ carved entirely from original Victory oak timbers - The
Warsash bas-relief carving – Scuba diver– Mute Swan protecting her
Bald Eagle carved
from within the fork of a 100-year-old Lime tree.
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.
Ian G Brennan:
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in St George's Chapel Windsor Castle by Ian GB are used with the
kind permission of The Deans and Canons of Windsor, permission for further use
of these images must be sought from the Chapter Office, The Cloisters, Windsor
in Henry V11 Chapel Westminster Abbey by Ian GB are used
with kind permission of The Dean and Chapter of Westminster,
permission for further use of these images must be sought from the
Chapter Office, Westminster Abbey, 20 Dean's Yard. London.
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