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- Object: The Catholick Gamesters or A Dubble Match of Bowleing
An anti-Catholic broadside concerning the Popish Plot; with an engraving showing a number of incidents. In the top left-hand corner, Charles II seated on the throne within a walled enclosure surrounded by Protestant peers and members of parliament; in an opening at the bottom right of the enclosure, lies the body of Edmund Berry Godfrey to which a man with a lantern draws the attention of three "Popish Misses" (unidentified). In the centre at the top stands a group of men labelled "The Kings Evidence", Oates, Tonge (both in clerical robes), Bedloe, Kirby, Everard, Dugdale, Prance, Bolron, Mowbray, Dangerfield, Jenison and Smith. In the top right-hand corner is a view of London in flames and beneath that six Jesuits (Simons, Strange, Whitbread, Kemish, Blundell, Harcourt) with fire bombs and torches. In the lower right-hand corner, the Pope and the Devil encourage a group of Catholic peers playing at skittles (Belasyse, Stafford, Aston, Arundell, Petre, Powis) foremost among whom is Lord Belasyse whose bowl veers diagonally across the print to strike Godfrey; Lord Danbysis (Danby), standing in the centre, indicates the target; further to the left, stands the group accused of Godfrey's murder (Green, Berry, Hill, Gerald, Kelly) and in the lower left-hand corner are shown their executions. Engraved title, captions and verses below the image; letterpress verses in four columns below. (n.p.: 1679)
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Height: 301 millimetres (engraving)
Height: 547 millimetres (printed area)
Width: 378 millimetres (engraving)
Width: 378 millimetres (printed area)
- Curator's comments
- The fictitious imprint can be interpreted as a reference to the "threat" from James, now Lord High-Commissioner in Scotland with "Bothwel-Bridge" referring to the Battle of Bothwell Bridge in Scotland, 22 June 1679 and "Holy Rood-House" to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.
Malcolm Jones has pointed out that this was advertised in the June 1680 Term Catalogue (in the section of Charts, Maps) as 'Sold by W.Marshall at the Bible in Newgate Street'.
It is interesting to note in the context of this print that on 19 August 1683 it was reported that during a game of 'nine pins in the bowling green [of the Tower of London]' Petre had been 'very merry' and had declared that he expected to be 'cleared about next spring ... by parliament' (CSP dom., 1683, 308; quoted in ODNB).
- Not on display
- Associated events
Associated Event: Popish Plot 1678-1679
Associated Event: Meal-Tub Plot 1679
Associated Event: Great Fire of London 1666
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