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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1841,0403.138-189

  • Description

    Complete pack of 52 playing-cards depicting the Popish Plot; suit-mark and value at top; description at bottom.
    Etching
    Backs plain
    1679

    The cards are as follows:

    Spades:
    I: 'The Consult att Somerset house.'
    II: 'The Funerall of Sr. E.B. Godfree.'
    III: 'The Execution of the murtherers of Sr. E.B. Godfree'
    IIII: 'The Murtherers of S.E.B. Godfre are diverting themselves at Bow after the murther.'
    V: 'The body of Sr. E.B.G. carry'd to Prim rose hill on a Horse.'
    VI: 'The dead body of Sr E.B.G Conuey'd out of Sommerset house in a Sedan.'
    VII: 'The body of Sr. E.B. Godfree is shew'd to Capt Bedlow & Mr. Prance.'
    VIII: 'Sr. E.B. Godfree Carrying up into a Roome.'
    IX: 'Sr. E.B. Godfree Strangled Girald going to stab him.'
    X: 'Sr. E.B. Godfree is perswaded to goe down Somerset house Yard.'
    Knave: 'Sr. E.B Godfree doggd by St. Clements Church.'
    Queen: 'The Club at ye Plow Ale house for the murther of S.E.B Godfree.'
    King: 'Mr. Prance discovers the murther of Sr. E.B. Godfree to the King and Councell.'

    Diamonds:
    I: 'The Consult at the white horse Taverne.'
    II: 'Ireland and Grove drawn to their execution.'
    III: 'Ashby received instruction of Whitebread for the society to offer Sr George Wakeman 10000 £'
    IIII: 'Whitebread made Provintiall.'
    V: 'Severall Iesuits receiuing Commissions to stir the People to Rebellion in Scotland'
    VI: 'Pickerin Executed.'
    VII: 'Sr. William Waller burning Popish books, Images, and Reliques.'
    VIII: 'The Consult at Wild House.'
    IX: 'Fenwick at Dover, sending Students to St. Omers.'
    X: 'Gavan informs the Fathers of the affairs in Staffordshire.'
    Knave: 'Pickerin attempts to kill ye K. in St. Iames Park.'
    Queen: 'Mr. Ienninso[n] examin'd by ye Privy Councell.'
    King: 'Mr. Dugdale in Staffordshire reading several letters relateing to the Plott.'

    Clubs:
    I: 'The Consult of Benedictine Monks & Fryers in the Savoy.'
    II: 'London remember the 2.d of September. 1666'
    III: 'Gifford and Stubbs give mony to a Made to fire her Masters house.'
    IIII: 'The Tryall of Sr. G. Wakeman & 3 Benedictine Monks.'
    V: 'The Execution of the 5 Iesuitts.'
    VI: 'Capt. Berry and Alderman Brooks are offer'd 500 l. to cast the Plot on the Protestants.'
    VII: 'Whitebread writeing letters concerning the state of Ireland.'
    VIII: 'The Conspirators Signeing ye Resolve for killing the King.'
    IX: 'Father Connyers Preaching against ye Oathes of Alejance & Supremacy'
    X: 'Capt. Bedlow carrying letters to Forraigne Parts.'
    Knave: 'Reddin standing in ye Pillory.'
    Queen: 'Redding endeavouring to Corrupt Capt. Bedloe.'
    King: 'Capt. Bedlow examind by ye secret Comitee of the House of Commons.'

    Hearts:
    I: 'The Plot first hatcht at Rome by the Pope and Cardinalls &ct.'
    II: 'Sr. E.B. Godfree takeing Dr. Oates his depositions.'
    III: 'Dr Oates discovereth Gauan in the Lobby.'
    IIII: 'Coleman giveth a Guiny to Incourage ye 4 Ruffians.'
    V: 'Dr. Oates receiues letters from ye Fathers to carry beyond Sea.'
    VI: 'Coleman drawn to his execution.'
    VII: 'Coleman examin'd in Newgate by severall Lords'
    VIII: 'Coleman writeing a declaration and letters to la Chefs.'
    IX: 'The Seizing severall Conspirators.'
    X: 'Mr. Langhorn deliuering out Comissions for severall Offic.rs'
    Knave: 'The Irish Ruffians going for Windsor.'
    Queen: 'Mr. Everard imprison'd in the Tower.'
    King: 'Dr. Oates discouereth ye Plot to ye King and Councell.'

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1679
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 90 millimetres
    • Width: 53 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with description on each card as transcribed in the Description
  • Curator's comments

    Preliminary drawings for these cards are clearly in the hand of Francis Barlow (1954,0710.4), see L. Stainton and C. White, 'Drawing in England from Hilliard to Hogarth', (1987), Nos 111-114, and A Griffiths, 'The Print in Stuart Britain', (1998), no.196 .
    For a group of tiles based on the designs of these playing-cards see PE 1009,8014.1 to 11.
    For other playing-cards concerning the Popish Plot and related events, see Willshire English 187-189, Schreiber English 56 - 59 and 62 - 63, and two unpublished packs registered as 1878,1012.418-463 and 1881,0514.37-88.

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  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 1066 (Ace of Hearts only, but described as a woodcut) bibliographic details
    • Willshire 1876 English 186 bibliographic details
    • Fagan 1888 pp. 83-4 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Playing-cards Willshire E.186)

  • Exhibition history

    1998 May-Sept Bm, Print in Stuart Britain, no.196
    2009 Apr-Aug BM, P&D, British Printed Images to 1700 (suit of spades)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated events

    • Associated Event: Popish Plot
      1678
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1841

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1841,0403.138-189

Complete pack of 52 playing cards depicting the Popish Plot; suitmark and value at top; description at bottom; plain backs. 1679    The cards are as follows:    Spades:  I: 'The Consult att Somerset house.'  II: 'The Funerall of Sr. E.B. Godfree.'  III: 'The Execution of the murtherers of Sr. E.B. Godfree'  IIII: 'The Murtherers of S.E.B. Godfre are diverting themselves at Bow after the murther.'  V: 'The body of Sr. E.B.G. carry'd to Prim rose hill on a Horse.'  VI: 'The dead body of Sr E.B.G Conuey'd out of Sommerset house in a Sedan.'  VII: 'The body of Sr. E.B. Godfree is shew'd to Capt Bedlow & Mr. Prance.'  VIII: 'Sr. E.B. Godfree Carrying up into a Roome.'  IX: 'Sr. E.B. Godfree Strangled Girald going to stab him.'  X: 'Sr. E.B. Godfree is perswaded to goe down Somerset house Yard.'  Knave: 'Sr. E.B Godfree doggd by St. Clements Church.'  Queen: 'The Club at ye Plow Ale house for the murther of S.E.B Godfree.'  King: 'Mr. Prance discovers the murther of Sr. E.B. Godfree to the King and Councell.'    Diamonds:  I: 'The Consult at the white horse Taverne.'  II: 'Ireland and Grove drawn to their execution.'  III: 'Ashby received instruction of Whitebread for the society to offer Sr George Wakeman 10000 £'  IIII: 'Whitebread made Provintiall.'  V: 'Severall Iesuits receiuing Commissions to stir the People to Rebellion in Scotland'  VI: 'Pickerin Executed.'  VII: 'Sr. William Waller burning Popish books, Images, and Reliques.'  VIII: 'The Consult at Wild House.'  IX: 'Fenwick at Dover, sending Students to St. Omers.'  X: 'Gavan informs the Fathers of the affairs in Staffordshire.'  Knave: 'Pickerin attempts to kill ye K. in St. Iames Park.'  Queen: 'Mr. Ienninso[n] examin'd by ye Privy Councell.'  King: 'Mr. Dugdale in Staffordshire reading several letters relateing to the Plott.'    Clubs:  I: 'The Consult of Benedictine Monks & Fryers in the Savoy.'  II: 'London remember the 2.d of September. 1666'  III: 'Gifford and Stubbs give mony to a Made to fire her Masters house.'  IIII: 'The Tryall of Sr. G. Wakeman & 3 Benedictine Monks.'  V: 'The Execution of the 5 Iesuitts.'  VI: 'Capt. Berry and Alderman Brooks are offer'd 500 l. to cast the Plot on the Protestants.'  VII: 'Whitebread writeing letters concerning the state of Ireland.'  VIII: 'The Conspirators Signeing ye Resolve for killing the King.'  IX: 'Father Connyers Preaching against ye Oathes of Alejance & Supremacy'  X: 'Capt. Bedlow carrying letters to Forraigne Parts.'  Knave: 'Reddin standing in ye Pillory.'  Queen: 'Redding endeavouring to Corrupt Capt. Bedloe.'  King: 'Capt. Bedlow examind by ye secret Comitee of the House of Commons.'    Hearts:  I: 'The Plot first hatcht at Rome by the Pope and Cardinalls &ct.'  II: 'Sr. E.B. Godfree takeing Dr. Oates his depositions.'  III: 'Dr Oates discovereth Gauan in the Lobby.'  IIII: 'Coleman giveth a Guiny to Incourage ye 4 Ruffians.'  V: 'Dr. Oates receiues letters from ye Fathers to carry beyond Sea.'  VI: 'Coleman drawn to his execution.'  VII: 'Coleman examin'd in Newgate by severall Lords'  VIII: 'Coleman writeing a declaration and letters to la Chefs.'  IX: 'The Seizing severall Conspirators.'  X: 'Mr. Langhorn deliuering out Comissions for severall Offic.rs'  Knave: 'The Irish Ruffians going for Windsor.'  Queen: 'Mr. Everard imprison'd in the Tower.'  King: 'Dr. Oates discouereth ye Plot to ye King and Councell.'    Engraving

Recto

Complete pack of 52 playing cards depicting the Popish Plot; suitmark and value at top; description at bottom; plain backs. 1679 The cards are as follows: Spades: I: 'The Consult att Somerset house.' II: 'The Funerall of Sr. E.B. Godfree.' III: 'The Execution of the murtherers of Sr. E.B. Godfree' IIII: 'The Murtherers of S.E.B. Godfre are diverting themselves at Bow after the murther.' V: 'The body of Sr. E.B.G. carry'd to Prim rose hill on a Horse.' VI: 'The dead body of Sr E.B.G Conuey'd out of Sommerset house in a Sedan.' VII: 'The body of Sr. E.B. Godfree is shew'd to Capt Bedlow & Mr. Prance.' VIII: 'Sr. E.B. Godfree Carrying up into a Roome.' IX: 'Sr. E.B. Godfree Strangled Girald going to stab him.' X: 'Sr. E.B. Godfree is perswaded to goe down Somerset house Yard.' Knave: 'Sr. E.B Godfree doggd by St. Clements Church.' Queen: 'The Club at ye Plow Ale house for the murther of S.E.B Godfree.' King: 'Mr. Prance discovers the murther of Sr. E.B. Godfree to the King and Councell.' Diamonds: I: 'The Consult at the white horse Taverne.' II: 'Ireland and Grove drawn to their execution.' III: 'Ashby received instruction of Whitebread for the society to offer Sr George Wakeman 10000 £' IIII: 'Whitebread made Provintiall.' V: 'Severall Iesuits receiuing Commissions to stir the People to Rebellion in Scotland' VI: 'Pickerin Executed.' VII: 'Sr. William Waller burning Popish books, Images, and Reliques.' VIII: 'The Consult at Wild House.' IX: 'Fenwick at Dover, sending Students to St. Omers.' X: 'Gavan informs the Fathers of the affairs in Staffordshire.' Knave: 'Pickerin attempts to kill ye K. in St. Iames Park.' Queen: 'Mr. Ienninso[n] examin'd by ye Privy Councell.' King: 'Mr. Dugdale in Staffordshire reading several letters relateing to the Plott.' Clubs: I: 'The Consult of Benedictine Monks & Fryers in the Savoy.' II: 'London remember the 2.d of September. 1666' III: 'Gifford and Stubbs give mony to a Made to fire her Masters house.' IIII: 'The Tryall of Sr. G. Wakeman & 3 Benedictine Monks.' V: 'The Execution of the 5 Iesuitts.' VI: 'Capt. Berry and Alderman Brooks are offer'd 500 l. to cast the Plot on the Protestants.' VII: 'Whitebread writeing letters concerning the state of Ireland.' VIII: 'The Conspirators Signeing ye Resolve for killing the King.' IX: 'Father Connyers Preaching against ye Oathes of Alejance & Supremacy' X: 'Capt. Bedlow carrying letters to Forraigne Parts.' Knave: 'Reddin standing in ye Pillory.' Queen: 'Redding endeavouring to Corrupt Capt. Bedloe.' King: 'Capt. Bedlow examind by ye secret Comitee of the House of Commons.' Hearts: I: 'The Plot first hatcht at Rome by the Pope and Cardinalls &ct.' II: 'Sr. E.B. Godfree takeing Dr. Oates his depositions.' III: 'Dr Oates discovereth Gauan in the Lobby.' IIII: 'Coleman giveth a Guiny to Incourage ye 4 Ruffians.' V: 'Dr. Oates receiues letters from ye Fathers to carry beyond Sea.' VI: 'Coleman drawn to his execution.' VII: 'Coleman examin'd in Newgate by severall Lords' VIII: 'Coleman writeing a declaration and letters to la Chefs.' IX: 'The Seizing severall Conspirators.' X: 'Mr. Langhorn deliuering out Comissions for severall Offic.rs' Knave: 'The Irish Ruffians going for Windsor.' Queen: 'Mr. Everard imprison'd in the Tower.' King: 'Dr. Oates discouereth ye Plot to ye King and Councell.' Engraving

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