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Title: Britannia oppressa per Arausionensium Principem liberata et restaurata (Oppressed Britannia liberated and restored by the Prince of Orange)
Author: Lairesse, Gerard de (1641-1711)
Description: William of Orange presents a Bible bound with seven seals to Britannia, an allegory of the restoration of the Protestant faith in Britain. William III is represented as a Roman hero, accompanied by the lion and by a page that carries the arms of the Low Lands. He approaces the bed where the young Britannia was lying, sick, and he offers her the Protestant Bible with seven seals (the true religion of the New Testament). The head of the bed is decorated with the English arms. Above the bed Truth seated on the clouds. She is holding a sheptre and a mirror. The Divine Justice, represented by an angel playing a trumpet, is forcing a Jesuite and Mars with a broken sword to leave the scene. They represent the loss of the Roman Catholics in England. On the bottom a bas-relief representing Hercules being cowned by Fortune. Lettered with title along the bottom, followed by 'Famam extendere factis, Hoc virtutis opus' and in margin 'per Gerardum de Lairesse inv. et sculp. et per Nicolaum Visscher edit. cum Priv. Ord. Gen. Belgii Foederati. nunc apud Ger. Valk'
Condition: Prenten, Portretten, Historieprenten, Allegorieen
Technique: Etching on paper with margins; plate mark: 656 x 438 mm, total: 723 x 517; state II/2; broad laid paper sheet with tears along he margins, in some points affecting the plate. Top right corner and middle region tear repaired on the back, some dirt and light foxing. Roy G.116, Atlas van Stolk, III. 238
  • Number: 1872744 (60941)
  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum

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