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The arrival in England of William of Orange; in the foreground, James II and Louis XIV surrounded by courtiers and Catholic clerics. Etching formerly attributed to R. de Hooghe, 1688.

Hooghe, Romeyn de, 1645-1708.
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In the centre stands King James II (numbered 1) alarmed at the sight of William and his forces; he turns towards King Louis XIV who takes James's right hand while turning to point with his sword, in his left hand, towards Emperor Leopold and his generals (4) on the left-hand side of the print. In the foreground, seated on the ground is Cardinal Furstenberg (5) recoiling in horror at the Emperor. Behind him, Father Petre (6), holding a volume of papers, with a monk at his side holding a sword and flaming gallows, addresses two English peers (7) who offer their loyalty to James if he will maintain the former laws, including the Test Act; in the foreground are further documents and a chest and bags of money

On the right, Father Petre appears again, carrying the Prince of Wales who holds a doll in the form of a jester; the miller's wife (the child's alleged mother), bare-breasted, holds in one hand a bag of money while she makes a gesture of secrecy towards Petre; two monks and two Quakers look on. Behind them, William III and his generals oversee the landing of the Dutch forces

On the left, behind the Emperor, is a triumphal arch under which are Turkish heads on pikes; the arch is decorated with three medallions illustrating a mountain giving birth to a mouse, the fall of Phaeton, and Jesuits surrounding a globe fallen from heaven, and a series of reliefs of the French sieges of Philippsburg and Kaiserslautern in 1688


[The Netherlands] : [publisher not identified], [1688]

Physical description

1 print : etching, with letterpress ; platemark 38.1 x 39.8 cm, image and letterpress 55.2 x 38.7 cm


Wie boven zynen staet, verwaent zich durf verheffen, En steeken overdwaas den hemel naar zyn kroon. Verdient, ten spiegel van verwaenden aaert, ten toon Te staen op een schavot, en ramp op ramp te treffen. Me miferum quorsum me vertar … En eeuwig zal die daed en naam de mensche groeten.

Publications note

British Museum, catalogue of political and personal satires, no. 1177 (one of two versions)


Wellcome Library no. 2136645i

Lettering note

Below the etching, letterpress containing a key to six numbered figures in Dutch verses


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