[A satire comparing the sovereign power of Charles II and Pope Alexander VII.
Engraving. Sheet 340 x 450mm (13½ x 17¾"). Trimmed into image at top.
A scene with Charles II enthroned on the left, Pope Alexander VII on the right. Charles holds (B) the Church of England on the point of his sword. The key marks: (C) the Lords, with the Lord Chancellor, Lord Clarendon, closest to the king; (D) the Commons; (E) judges; (F) mayors, aldermen, etc.; (G) military and naval commanders; (H) sheriffs of counties, justices of the peace, etc.; (I) St Peter & (K) St Paul; (L) the English bishops, led by Gilbert Sheldon, Archbishop of Canterbury; (M) Protestant clergymen; (N) doctors and scholars; (O) English martyrs at the stake; Prynne (P) kneels at the king's feet presenting his work; and (Q) a group of Protestant gentlewomen. A number of the figures appear to be intended as portraits. The Pope, triple crown slipping from his head, has: (2) Catholic lords, ladies and nuns kneeling before the pope as if worshipping him; (3) cardinals, two of whom support the toppling throne; (4) archbishops, bishops, canons, etc.; (5) abbots and priors; (6) priests; (7) Jesuits and doctors on canon law; and (8) monks, hermits and nuns. Published as the frontispiece to the second volume of Prynne's 'Records' ('An Exact Chronologicall Vindication ... of our King's Supreme Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction').
BM Satires 1029.
[Ref: 37782] £180.00