From Rainy to Royal: Andrew Jamieson's designs continue to impress

Andrew Jamieson, who designed the Coat of Arms tapestry that adorns the Rainy Hall wall, has been selected to create the invitations for the upcoming coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla.

The design was revealed by Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 4 April. The original artwork, which was hand-painted in watercolour and gouache, will be reproduced and printed onto recycled card with gold foil detailing.  The invitations will then being issued to over 2,000 guests who will form the congregation in Westminster Abbey.

The Coronation Invitation

Andrew Jamieson

Andrew Jamieson is a British Heraldic Artist who was born in the London Borough of Bermondsey. After completing the Pre B.A. Foundation Course at Salisbury College of Art, he went on to study calligraphy, heraldry and manuscript illumination for three years at Reigate School of Art in Surrey, completing his formal training and graduating in 1983 with an Honours Diploma. He then worked as a freelance heraldic artist for the College of Arms until 1995.

Andrew produces a variety of commissioned works, as he also designs and illuminates Royal Letters Patent and documents of State for His Majesty's Crown Office. He was elected a Brother of the Artworkers Guild in 2002 and is an expert in the  specialist fields of heraldic art, calligraphy and manuscript illumination.

Andrew Jamieson's Website

Rainy Hall Tapestry

Colour photo of the New College Coat of Arms tapestry hanging up in the Rainy Hall
Rainy Hall Tapestry (©Andrej Zeman)

On the 3rd June 2021, to coincide with the 175th anniversary of its founding, New College was granted its own Coat of Arms by the Lord Lyon.  A beautiful vellum parchment was presented to the School during Welcome Week in September of that year.

In December of 2021, the Coat of Arms was turned into a tapestry and hung in the Rainy Hall. The tapestry was designed by Andrew Jamieson and features two students acting as 'supporters' for the crest. At the top of the central panel is the Latin motto 'Quaerite et Invenietis' translating to 'seek and you shall find', which was chosen by vote. 

The coat of arms is surrounded by a border designed after consultation with staff and students.  Within the border are thistles representing the country of Scotland and fleurs-de-lis for Queen Mary of Guise, whose palace stood on the site before New College. These feature alongside symbols for different faith traditions and disciplines studied at New College.  The sharp-eyed will also spot some New College mice - we couldn't leave them out!

The New College Coat of Arms