William Pendrill of Boscobell in the County of Salop Aetis Suae 84 The Royall Oake.His face you see. Now breifly heare the Rest.; How well he serv'd his Prince in flight destrest. Twas , He whose little Household did Combine In Piois Care to save : the Royall Line. An Oake was thought most safe:for what could prove More Luckie tthen the sacred tree to Love. See where the Hen=roost Ladder stands; by that, The Might Monarch climb'd the Boughs of Statem Where Noble Carlos lent his Manlike Knee, The last support of Fainting Majestie, and Natures Tapistrie was the onely Shroud To shelter that Great Prince was Rage pursu'd. The Nutthook reaching up his Honely fare supply'd the want of Waiters standing Bare; Shile busie Wife and Children gather Wood To dress the Sheep prepar'd for Better food Thus, Many Oakes defend the British Maine but one Preferr'd the Brittish Soveraigne. "Pendrill thy name will shine in History /Brighter then their's whose Hospittallity / Disguised Deitys hath entertayn'd / for thine was reall t'other Poets saynd."
Engraving. Sheet: 250 x 350mm, (9¾ x 13¾). Repaired and laid on conservation paper. Damaged. Trimmed.
A portrait of William Pendrill set in an oak. Pendrill was one of five brothers: George; Richard; Humphrey; John and William who helped Charles II escape from England after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester in 1651 during his failed attempt to regain control of England from Cromwell. The Pendrills were a Royalist family who lived and worked on the estate of Boscobel House where the King sought refuge after his defeat. Having been forced to hide in an oak tree in order to escape Cromwell's troops Charles and the Royalist Colonel Carlos finally managed to escape disguised as land workers and escorted by the Pendrills. The Pendrill brothers were richly rewarded when Charles II was restored to the throne in 1660.
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