[GEORGE III (1738-1820), King of England]. Illuminated manuscript document with Royal seal, elevating John, Viscount Fitzgibbon, to the rank of Earl of Clare [Ireland], Dublin, Ireland, 12 June 1795. 1 page, 691 x 635 mm. (27 x 24½ in.), ON FINE PARCHMENT, written in an upright cursive script, WITH FINE HAND-PAINTED BORDERS AND DECORATION: the first line of text in large gothic letters in gold, capitals with scrolling decorations in red, LARGE INITIAL "G" ENCLOSING A FINE PROFILE PORTRAIT OF GEORGE III in wig and red and white royal robes with blue sash; in the left-hand margin two elaborately painted coats of arms each flanked by lions and griffons; in the top margin the arms of Ireland (a gold harp), England, and Scotland (rose and thistle on a single stem); the outer margins on all sides with intertwining vines bearing blue flowers and pink roses, in a fine giltwood frame.
SEAL: Great seal of George III, in black wax (diameter 153 mm. (6 in.): George enthroned with soldiers behind, a lion at his feet, flanked by two women, probably representing liberty and justice), pendant on woven gold ribbon, minor chipping at edges.
FINELY DECORATED LETTERS PATENT OF GEORGE III, WITH PORTRAIT. An Irish jurist and political administrator, the Earl of Clare vehemently opposed efforts to remove disabilities placed upon Roman Catholics in Ireland, and while serving as Lord Chancellor of Ireland from 1789 to 1802, worked to solidify English rule over Ireland. George III, who reigned during the war for American independence, was declared insane in 1810.