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Heraldry of Leaders, Monarchs, nobility and consorts

​of the ancient territories now covered by Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany and France.

​From the earliest times to 1960


Heraldic plates

Hand-painted by Louis Uytterels, Architect, Brussels, Belgium

​​Brussels, 1940

War is all about destruction - architecture is all about construction.  

World War II begins for Belgium and the war brings about the occupation of Brussels. Anyone who can read a newspaper knows that it is far from over.

Louis Uytterels is, by this time middle aged.  He has been a successful architect in Belgium and has been involved in the creation of Le Musee du Livre, a publication that since the early twentieth century has celebrated the art of print advertising.

He knows that there will be no more designing of buildings for some time.  He is too old to be a soldier or work for the Resistance but, as a Belgian patriot, he can use his talents to document the history of his country as he waits out the war.

Brussels, 1940

War is all about destruction - Architecture is all about building. 

Louis Uytterels was born in and had lived in Brussels all his life.  He was a successful architect, well respected in his profession.  He was also an artist.  In the early 1920s, he was part of the group that created Le Musee du Livre - a yearly collection of samples of the work of all printers and print advertisers in Belgium.  This enterprise continued into the 1950s.

But now the war had come to Belgium. Anyone who could read the newspapers could see that this horror was far from over.   There would be no work for an architect, no matter how talented, until the war's end.  Louis is middle-aged and too old to be a soldier but he is a patriot.  He is a man of many talents and many interests.  He is fascinated by the history of Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France and how war has come and gone throughout the ages.  Leaders have risen, have led and have died.  Royal heads have rolled and others have accumulated territory and grandeur simply because of an accident of birth.  Some have displayed brilliance and great courage, others have been greedy and ruthless.  It's all there, in the history books.

Long fascinated by heraldry and the powerful people it represents, Louis begins his project - it is how he will wait out the war and its destructiveness.  It is also how he will celebrate his country and understand how its past had led to this war.  Until he can once again build for the future, he will explore and document the past with his artistic abilities.

In the years that follow, he carefully inks and paints the heraldic arms of those powerful people, starting before Julius Cesar to the present.  When the war ends, he continues his project to its completion at his death in the early 1960s.  The last powerful man whose coat of arms he creates is Beaudoin I, King of Belgians.  You will note that he did not have time to decorate this final coat of arms with pearls and gems, as he did all the others.


Louis was my father's step-father.  I didn't know Louis well as a child and completely lost any contact with him after my parents immigrated to Canada in 1956.  Louis had no other relations and so, when he died, his belongings were sent to my father in a number of strong cardboard boxes.   The boxes remained, barely explored,  in my father's basement until 2010. 

I inherited those boxes and in them, I discovered the beautiful work of this man I barely knew.  I believe that this collection of heraldic plates, carefully drawn and rendered in ink, watercolour, gold and silver leaf and ornately encrusted with imitation pearls and gems should not live in a box in anybody's basement. It is history and as such should be shared with the public whose history it is.

On the home page, you will find a slideshow of the 97 heraldic plates themselves.   The resolution of the photos is deliberately poor to discourage pilfering. You may go forward or back using the two arrows on the sides of slide show.  

As I worked to produce this inventory, I researched each personage and event celebrated in these plates, I realized that the collection was nothing less than a chronological history of the country of my birth. To find out more about them, I visited the Wikipedia pages dedicated to these very real human beings.  I have given you a link to these Wikipedia pages by clicking the caption below the image of each heraldic plate.  Even if you are not passionate about heraldry, you will find the life stories of the people represented by the heraldry both fascinating and educational - as I did.  

Because Louis created these plates in French, the French Wikipedia pages are referenced.  If you do not read French, you can use the Tools in the left margin of the Wikipedia page to take you to the corresponding Wikipedia page in your own language.

This collection is for sale.  If you are interested in acquiring it or if you wish to make arrangements to see it in person, please contact me using the form on the Contact page.  I may be willing  to donate the entire collection in Louis' memory to an appropriate museum or not-for-profit historical society. Please contact me by way of the Contact page.

I still speak French (poorly) and unfortunately have not spoken Flemish since I was a child and can no longer converse in or read it.  With my apologies to my former countrymen and women, this webpage was written in English because I have grown most comfortable writing in this language. The captions on the plates themselves are in French because that's the way Louis labelled them.

Claudette Claereboudt, April 2016, Regina, SK, Canada

Habitation des cavernes

Anciens Belges

Armoiries des Francs

Bogduognatos - Ambiorix,

Cesar, Empereur des Romains

Childeric, Pere de Clovis

Maires du Palais

Pepin de Landen

Gelberge - epouse de Carloman 1er


Lothaire II

 Principaute de Liege

Saint Albert Prince-Eveque de Liege

Henri 1er de Brabant

Godefroy de Bouillon

Charles de France, Duc de Lothier

Lambert I  -  Lambert II Comte de Louvain

Charles LeBon Comte de Flandre (Maison de Danemark)

Thierry d’Alsace – Comte de Flandre et
Philippe 1er de Flandre

Baudouin de Constantinople

Marguerite de Constantinople

Jeanne de Constantinople

Jean Ier Duc de Brabant

Bataille  de Woeringen (Jean I)

Jean II de Brabant&
Jean III de Brabant

Louis de Male (Louis II) comte de Flandre

Gui de Dampierre

Bataille des Eperons d’or (Courtrai)

Jacques Van Artevelde

Jean d’Avernes

Philippe Van Artevelde

Philippe II, dit Le Hardi, beau-fils de comte de Flandre

Antoine de Bourgogne, Duc de Brabant

Jean l’Aveugle Comte de Luxembourg, Roi de Boheme

Jacqueline de Baviere – Duchesse de Brabant, femme de Jean IV Duc du Brabant, fils d’Antoine de Bourgogne, Duc du Brabant)

Jean IV Duc du Brabant

Venceslas 1er de Luxembourg Duchesse Jeanne de Brabant


Jean sans peur Comte de Flandre, fils de Philippe le Hardi.

Philippe le Bon

Charles le Temeraire, Duc des Pays-Bas, fils de Philippe le bon, Gr. Duc de Bourgogne

Marguerite d’York , Margaret Plantagenet, Marguerite de Bourgogne, Marguerite d’Angleterre

Antoine batard de Bourgogne – dit le Grand Batard de Bourgogne

Philippe de Cleves

Philippe  de Bourgogne – Beveren, comte de la Roche, seigneur de Beveren et de la Veere

Tournoi 1452

Tournoi - 1594  1452

Marie de Bourgogne, Duchesse de Pays Bas, Fille de Charles le Temeraire, Duc des Pays Bas

Maximilien I, du Saint-Empire, archiduc Autrichien et empereur Germanique

Marguerite d’Autriche

Philibert de Savoie

Philippe le Beau

Philippe le Beau

Charles Quint, Roi des Espagnes  , Roi de Naple, de Sicile et de Jerusalem, Duc de bourgogne

Charles Quint, Empereur des Romains

Philippe II                        

et Philippe III

Marguerite de Parme – soeur de Philippe II

Duc d’Albe ( Fadrique Álvarez de Toledo y Enríquez de Guzmán) Gouverneur de Pays Bas espagnols

Lamoral, Comte d’Egmont

Comte de Hornes, Philippe II de Montmorency-Nivelle

Alexandre Farnese

Marie de Hongrie, appelee Marie d’Autriche

Don Juan d’Autriche

Albert, Archiduc d’Autriche

Archiduchesse Isabelle

Leopold Guillaume, archiduc d'Autriche antérieure

Guillaume 1er d’Orange-Nassau dit Le Taciturne 1533-1584


Jean de Paland –Seigneur de Culambourg – Kvilemburge Culemborg


Union de Bruxelles  

Compromis des Nobles  (néerlandais : Eedverbond der Edelen ; anglais : Compromise of Nobles)

Insignes des Gueux

Les Gueux

Philippe de Marnix de Sainte-Aldegonde

Les Serments: le grand serment royal et de Saint-Georges de l’epee ou de Saint-Michel. 1480

Prince d’Orange

Antoine de Lalaing Comte de Hoogstraeten

Philippe IV 

Philippe V 

Louis XIV

Charles VI

Marie Therese (Francois 1)

Charles de Lorraine

Marie Elisabeth, sœur de Charles V

Anneessens  FR. 1719

Francois duc de Lorraine (frere de Charles de Lorraine)

Principaute de Liege

Joseph II (empereur des Romains)

Revolution Brabanconne

Revolution Francaise

Napoleon I

Guillaume I, Roi des Pays Bas

Comte Felix de Merode (1830)

Royaume de Belgique

Leopold I

Albert I  Roi des Belges, Roi Chevalier

Leopold III

Prince Regent (Charles)

Cardinal Mercier

Beaudoin I