[Frontispiece to 'The Princess Cloria']What Sacrifice can Expiate.s past Crimes Are left to Jove; Ovr King must bless the Times.
Rare engraving. Plate 265 x 160mm (10½ x 6½"). Damaged; trimmed inside platemark and glued to album sheet with hand-drawn borders.
Monumental structure with a calm seascape behind. The figure of the executed Charles I (derived from Van Dyck's portraits and wearing the medal of St George) appears as the object of a young woman's meditations. This is Princess Cloria, the protagonist of Percy Herbert's eponymous romance. Having been published in unfinished form in earlier editions, this presentation reflected the turmoil of the Civil War. The fronispiece of the completed work showed Cloria meditating undecidedly between 'past crimes' and Restoration amnesty.
NPG: D18222; Annabel Patterson, 'Censorship and Interpretation: The Conditions of Writing and Reading in Early Modern England'
[Ref: 37361] £50.00