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King Charles I praying. Engraving by Abraham Hertochs, 1662 after P. Fruytiers after W. Marshall.

Marshall, William, active 1617-1650.
Ao. 1662

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Credit: King Charles I praying. Engraving by Abraham Hertochs, 1662 after P. Fruytiers after W. Marshall. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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Also known as

Eikōn basilikē


Centre, King Charles I kneeling on his right knee before an altar, left, looking upwards to left. On the altar is an open book lettered "In verbo tuo spes mea" (in your word is my hope) and with a banderolle lettered "Christi tracto" (supposed to mean "In the path of Christ"). With his right eye he looks up along a ray of light lettered "Caeli specto" (supposed to mean "I look to heaven") at a celestial crown adorned with stars (lettered "Beatam aeternam", blessed eternal); with his right hand he holds a crown of thorns lettered in a banderolle "Asperam at levem" (rough but light), which is contrasted with the regal crown at his feet lettered with banderolle "Splendidam at gravem" (splendid but heavy"). With his left foot he tramples on a globe lettered "Mundi calco" (supposed to mean "I trample on the world") On the right, dark clouds in a a stormy sky, from which a ray of sunlight extends to the back of King Charles's head lettered "Clarior e tenebris" (shining more brightly from the darkness). In the background to right, the ship of state sails in a stormy sea with Charles, crowned and holding a trident, seated in the stern. In the sea to right, a rock lettered "Immota triumphans" (unmoved, triumphant). On land in the right foreground, three palm trees grow hung with weights, lettered in a banderolle "Crescit sub pondere" (it grows under the weight)


Carolus 1. Ό . Heb. 11.38. Cum privilegio regiae majestatis. Ecce spectaculum dignum ad quod respiciat Deus operi Suo intentus: Vir fortis cum mala fortuna compositus. Sen de provid: c. 2. A.o 1662. P. Fruytirs delin. A. Hertochs sculp: Antwerp. Place this figure at B. in


Antwerp, Ao. 1662.

Physical description

1 print : engraving ; platemark 32.7 x 41.1 cm


Frontispiece to: , the pourtraicture of His Sacred Majestie in his solitudes and sufferings, 1662


Wellcome Library no. 26105i

Creator/production credits

The basic composition is that of William Marshall's engraving for earlier (1649) publication, but is here redrawn with many changes by Philip Fruytiers in Antwerp, newly engraved by Abraham Hertochs, and presented in the opposite direction to Marshall's design (which had the king looking to right)


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