[Colonel Joyce, Who seized and took King Charles the First Prisoner at Holmby, June 3rd, 1647.Engraved from an original Picture late in the possession of Mr Rawle.]
Stipple and aquatint, proof before all letters, scarce. sheet 320 x 205mm, 12½ x 8". Trimmed to plate and tipped into album page watermarked 1819.
Oval portrait of George Joyce (1618-c.1670), an Agitator (a political representative) in Cromwell's New Model Army. As the army and Parliament struggled for power in Civil War England, Joyce's seizure of the king changed the balance of power in favour of Cromwell. After the Restoration the astrologer William Lilly accused Joyce of being Charles I's masked executioner: an arrest warrent was issued, but Joyce and his family escaped to the Netherlands, where he was last heard of in 1670.
See NPG D27172.
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