This untraced early drawing is remarked by WMR as having been executed in November 1840.
It represented William, Count de Warenne of Normandy “dictating, it would seem, the signing
of the Magna Charta” in 1215 (see
Letters, I. 87.). For his service in the battle of Hastings, William the
Conqueror rewarded him with extensive land in Norfolk and created him the first Earl of Surrey.