European politics in 1688-1689 as events in a chemical laboratory; with prophecies of disasters to come. Etching by R. de Hooghe and letterpress, 1689.
- Hooghe, Romeyn de, 1645-1708.
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The upper etching shows a chemist's laboratory with three kilns operated by various chemists, burning and destroying objects and equipment. On the left, a kiln representing the Holy Roman Empire is under attack from Maximilian II Emmanuel, Prince Elector of Bavaria and others. On the roof, a Swiss guard, an Italian with a stiletto, and a medallion of the fall of Phaeton. On the ground, a cracked and fallen sun represents the Turkish empire. In the centre King Louis XIV (no. 7) is drawing the attention of King James II (no. 6) to a kiln representing the Palatinate, which is dilapidated by French conquests. On the right, the Pope (no. 8) is quarrelling with Wilhelm Egon von Fürstenberg, Bishop of Strasbourg. In the right background, the landing of the fleet of William of Orange in England
At the bottom, three smaller scenes: left, the revenge of the ghost of the Holy See against the French (no. 14); centre, the devil confronting Father Petre (no. 15); right, the ghost of King Charles II warning his brother King James II (no. 16)
- Chemical laboratories.
- Grand Alliance, War of the, 1689-1697.
- Swiss mercenaries.
- Palatinate (Germany)
- Great Britain.
- Louis XIV, King of France, 1638-1715.
- James II, King of England, 1633-1701.
- Petre, Edward, 1631-1699.
- Fürstenberg, Wilhelm Egon, Fürst von, 1629-1704.
- Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor, 1640-1705.
- William III, King of England, 1650-1702.
- Charles II, King of England, 1630-1685.