The Earl of Argyle, Only two Hours before his Execution, and the Distress and Astonishment of one of the Council who condemned him, on seeing him in a transquil Sleep.Vide Fox's Hist.y of the Reign of James II. Page 218.
Woodcut. Very scarce. Sheet size: 465 x 340mm (18¼ x 13¼"). Trimmed within plate. Horizontal central crease. Glued to backing sheet at corners.
Archibald Campbell, 1st Duke of Argyll, Scottish Protestant leader, about to be executed for his opposition to the Roman Catholic James II of Great Britain and Ireland (James VII of Scotland), yet found fast asleep beside a letter inscribed, 'Your Affectionate Husband ... Argyle'. Two council members enter from the right, astonished with his composure, with the executioner holding a raised axe in the shadows of the cell behind the door. A rare illustration to 'A History of the Early Part of the Reign of James II', written by Charles James Fox. It was left unfinished at his death in 1806 and was not published until 1808.
Ex collection of Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
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