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Jansenism is weighed in a balance against Roman Catholicism. Etching attributed to Carel Allard, 1705.

Allard, Carel, 1648-approximately 1709.
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On the right Pieter Codde as Roman Catholic Archbishop of Utrecht (thought to be sympathetic to Jansenism) stands next to the heavier side of the scales which holds the Bible and the lion of the United Provinces. On the left the lighter scale contains a Jesuit holding a ciborium and contains papal attributes. A Franciscan friar is trying to pull down the Jesuit's side in order to make it appear heavier. Above left, the Jesuit monogram IHS is interpreted to mean "Ite Hypocritae Seditiosi" (Begone seditious hypocrites!). A hand writes Mene men tekel upharsin, which is interpreted in a Jansenist and a Roman way. Above right, seven hills shot with seven arrows, representing the seven hills of Rome yielding to the seven United Provinces of the Netherlands


Tot Waghausen : By P. Aufrigtig, [1705]

Physical description

1 print : etching, with engraving ; platemark 26.8 x 17 cm


't Rooms Hollands recht. De munn'ken zyn te licht als 't op een wegen gaat … voor Coddes onschuld is geen vorspraak meer van noden.

Publications note

F. Muller, De nederlandsche geschiedenis in platen, part 2, Amsterdam: Frederik Muller, 1870, p. 83 no. 3410.8
Not found in: British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires


Wellcome Library no. 2141442i

Lettering note

Translation of lettering: A Jansenist smith with his apprentices, the heads of the Pope, of Coc, and of cloister-papists
Below, two columns of Dutch verses. These, together with extensive further lettering throughout the sheet, include references to Theodorus de Cock, Pope Clement XI, and Cornelius Jansen
Bears number: 8

Creator/production credits

Attributed by Muller, op. cit. p. 81, to Carel Allard working in Amsterdam


  • Dutch
  • French

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