Invidiosa Senrctus

Method Copper engraving
Artist William Marshall
Published London, c. 1640
Dimensions Image 80 x 68 mm, Plate 92 x 68 mm, Sheet 162 x 92 mm
Notes A momento mori on old age depicting death shaking an apple tree with a candle with snake next to the flame from Francis Quarles' Emblemes. A didactic book, Quarles' Emblems is a Protestant version of the Catholic emblem tradition involving Divine Love and the Soul. Each image in the book has a biblical citation, a cautionary poem on the scriptural verse, a prose passage from Church Fathers, and an epigram that invites further contemplation. Originally published in 1635, the book was very popular and Quarles produced another book, Hieroglyphikes of the Life of Man, and the two were published together in 1639. The forty-five prints in the last three books are borrowed from the Pia Desideria (Antwerp, 1624) of Herman Hugo. The combined book ran to many editions and printings and were re engraved and republished in further 18th and 19th century editions.

Francis Quarles (about May 8 1592- September 8 1644) was an English poet best know for his book Emblems. Born in Romford, Essex Quarles entered Christ's College, Cambridge in 1608 and later joined Lincoln's Inn to read for the bar. In 1613, he was made cup bearer to Princes Elizabeth when she married Frederick V of the Electoral Palatinate and accompanied her to the continent where he remained until 1633. On his return he prepared the Emblems and in 1639 he was made city chronologer. Quarles' took the side of the Royalists during the Civil War and produced three pamphlets in support of the King in 1644.

William Marshall (1617 - 1649) was a British engraver. One of the most prolific engravers of the Caroline era, Marshall produced some 250 prints during his career. Around half of his prints are portraits, and a large proportion of the rest are titlepages. Whilst three children are documented as being baptised between December 1634 and October 1638 and it is recorded that he buried in 1649, the rest of the information on Marshall is deduced from his prints.

Condition: Time toning to sheet
Framing mounted
Price £150.00
Stock ID 52237