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satirical print / print

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  • Description

    Emblematic print referring to the execution of Charles I and the Stuart succession; on the left, the stump of an oak tree the trunk of which (dated Jan. 30 1648/49) has been cut off and lies dead on the ground; from the stump three shoots grow, one of them growing through a crown. Water pours on to each from a jug held by the hand of Providence emerging from a cloud; on another cloud is an angel blowing a trumpet and holding a scroll with a quotation from the Book of Ezekiel. A crown and broken sceptre lie on the ground; a copy from the original by Vaughan.
    Etching and engraving


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  • Date

    • 1715
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 183 millimetres (trimmed?)
    • Width: 137 millimetres (trimmed?)
    • Height: 150 millimetres (image)
    • Width: 136 millimetres (image)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered within the image with a quotation from Ezekiel: 17, 24, and date 'Jan. 1648/49'; lettered below the image with a quotation from Job, 14.7,8,9 'There is hope of a Tree if it be cut downe...' and 'Done from ye Originall of Vaughan after the Murder of King Charles the First'.
  • Curator's comments

    Neil Guthrie ("Unica Salus ...", in The Georgian Group Journal, XV, 2006, pp. 88-120) dates this print from the time of the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715. He points out that the "stricken oak" was a frequent motif in Jacobite iconography referring to the archetypal English oak and more specifically to the Boscobel oak. He mentions two other versions, one a woodcut in the Ashmolean Museum, the other the frontispiece to Anthony Sadler, "The Loyall Mourner, Sheweing the Murder of King Charles the First" (London, 1660).
    Further references:
    L. L. Knoppers, "Reviving the Martyr King", in T. N. Corns, The Royal Image: Representations of Charles I (Cambridge, 1999)
    E. Nicholson, "The Oak v. the Orange", in B. Westeweel, Anglo-Dutch Relations in the Field of the Emblem (Leiden, 1997)

    For the original print by Robert Vaughan, see 1948,0315.3.118. It is in the Marx Pennant, vol III.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 747 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British Stephens series)

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  • Associated events

    • Associated Event: Execution of Charles I
      30 January 1649
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    Prints & Drawings

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Allegorical Print Referring to the Execution of Charles I. Description to follow.   Etching and engraving


Allegorical Print Referring to the Execution of Charles I. Description to follow. Etching and engraving

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