Engraving from an unidentified publication, sheet 120 x 80mm (4¾ x 3¼). Rare.
The eye of heaven condemns Guy Fawkes, who uses a torch to guide him towards the Houses of Parliament at night. The Gunpowder Plot or Gunpowder Treason Plot of 1605, was a failed assassination attempt against King James I of England and VI of Scotland by a group of provincial English Catholics led by Sir Robert Catesby. The plan was to blow up the House of Lords during the State Opening of Parliament on 5 November 1605, as the prelude to a popular revolt in the Midlands during which James's nine-year-old daughter, Princess Elizabeth, was to be installed as the Catholic head of state. Guy Fawkes (1570 – 1606), who had 10 years of military experience fighting in the Spanish Netherlands in suppression of the Dutch Revolt, was given charge of the explosives.
For the image in reverse see ref. 18265
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