The Church Catholick

Method Copper engraving
Artist [Anonymous]
Published [London, 1675]
Dimensions Image 260 x 317 mm, Sheet 262 x 320 mm
Notes A large flourishing tree, symbolising the church flourishing under episcopacy or in other words being governed by bishops. The large fruits from the tree represent places where the episcopacy was implemented successfully, such as "Church of Sardis Bps", "Church of Hippo Bps", and "Church of Marseille Bps", and the branches symbolise the apostles, evangelist and saints such as "S. Andrew", "S Hilde" and "S Clemens". The tree is flanked by two smaller trees growing among its roots, with the inscriptions explaining "Presbytery began 1541" and "Independence began 1647" and two men on ladders, reaching to cut off some of the branches. In the background several men are planting new trees, with the inscriptions "New, but not True Plants" and "These hold neither Root nor Order". From William Cave's "Antiquitates Apostolicae"

Inscription along the trunk of the tree, from root up: "Governed by Episcopacy 1541 years"

Inscription to bottom: "Omnes enim illi valde posteriores sunt, quam episcopi, quibus apostoli tradiderunt ecclesias. Irenaeus L. 4 Adv. haereses 29."; and inscriptions to fruits of the tree and banderoles throughout.

BM Satires 1997

Condition: Trimmed to printed border. Overall time toning. Vertical folds as issued, split and slight loss to centre fold. Small tear to lower right edge. Album paper attached to part of verso.
Framing unmounted
Price £150.00
Stock ID 47045