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Grand conventional festival of the Britons

Grand conventional festival of the Britons

‘As it is an historical fact that the mythology and rites of the druids were the same in substance with those of the Greeks and Romans … we shall have pretty good authorities for the representation of them, if with the ancient bardic poems in our hands we attentively scrutinise the mythological sculptures of the Egyptians to assist in the composition’. Samuel Rush Meyrick and Charles Hamilton Smith joined forces to produce, in 1815, a beautifully printed and illustrated work, ‘The costume of the original inhabitants of the British islands’, and the Library’s copy was presented by the Trustees of Samuel White. In this plate we see ‘Stonehenge, the Gwaith Emreis, ambrosial work of the ancient Britons, in its original splendour, and decked out for the celebration of the Helio-arkite ceremonies’.