To his Highness the Prince of Bouillon,this Plate The Subject St. Gregory before his Elevation to the Royal Chair observing some Children of Great Beauty set up for Sale in the Slave Market at Rome & finding on enquiry they were English Pagans he exclaimed Non Angli sed Amgeli sorent si essent Christiani they would not be English but Angels were they Christians is with Permission Humbly dedicated by His Highness's most Obedient & most Humble Srvant P. Roberts.
London Published as the Act directs Jany 1st 1801 by P. Roberts 289 Holborn.
Stipple engraving printed in colours, 540 x 670mm. Water stain upper left corner of image.
Saint Gregory I the Great or Pope Saint Gregory I (c. 540 – 604) was pope from September 3, 590 until his death. This illustrates the circumstances of his famous quote 'Non Angli, sed Angeli' ('They are not Angles, but Angels') when he first encountered blue-eyed, blond-haired English boys at a slave market. The incident is said by Bede to have led to his dispatching of St. Augustine of Canterbury to England to convert the English. A fantastic example of colour printing.
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