The Quakers Meeting.
London, Printed for Robt. Sayer No.53 Fleet Street. [n.d., c.1770.]
Mezzotint, image 325 x 250mm,fine, 12¾ x 9¾". Trimmed to plate and glued to album page at corners.
Interior; a woman with a tall hat standing on a half barrel, her hands clasped, surrounded by other Quakers, male and female. After Egbert van Heemskerck I (1645 - 1704), who specialised in genre subjects in the Dutch taste, especially scenes set in taverns, courts and schools. To these he added a genre that he invented, the Quaker painting. In the second half of the seventeenth century Quakers has a dubious reputation as one of the extreme non-conformist sects. They were marked out by their clothes and their strange services, and were subject to civil penalties for refusing to take the oath of allegiance or pay tithes. Their modern respectability came much later. Of the many paintings that Heemskerk made of these outcasts, four were turned into prints, all with the same title, The Quaker's Meeting. A copy in reverse of a c.1685 print by Isaac Beckett.
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