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Complete pack of 52 playing-cards depicting the Popish Plot; suit-mark and value at top; description at bottom.
The cards are as follows:
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.'
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.'
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.'
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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Height: 90 millimetres
Width: 53 millimetres
- 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.
- Not on display
- 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)
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Popish Plot 1678
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