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- Object: The candle is lighted, we cannot blow out
Portrait of Luther writing seated at table surrounded by reformers in two rows behind; cardinal, devil, pope and monk in the foreground trying to blow out the candle of protestantism placed in the centre; extensive Dutch lettering below identifies the eighteen reformers.
Engraving and letterpress
Height: 230 millimetres (platemark)
Height: 297 millimetres (sheet size)
Width: 157 millimetres (platemark)
Width: 195 millimetres (sheet size)
- Curator's comments
- One of many versions of a famous composition of the Protestant Reformers first found in the XVIIc. For others, see 1907,0326.31-32; 1877,1208.325; O,3.197; 1857,0214.370; The same design is reproduced on a Delftware dish in the British Museum, see 1891,0224.3.
See Sheila O'Connell, 'The Popular Print in England', BM 1999, cat. 5.3, pp. 131-132; P.Tudor-Craig in 'Art Re-Formed' edited by T.Hamling and R.L.Williams, 2007, pp.87-102 and M.Jones 'The Print in Early Modern England: An Historical Oversight', New Haven and London, 2010, pp.162-163, especially footnote 12.
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