Marshall: frontispiece to Wither, A Collection of Emblemes, Ancient and Moderne (1635)

engraving; 282.00 mm x 167.00 mm (trimmed)

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DBHTMLString: Engraved frontispiece to George Wither, A Collection of Emblemes, Ancient and Moderne (London, R. Milbourne, 1635); title, 'Emblemes', in bubble in centre, over which is a winged figure holding a book, wreath, sword and whip; twin mountain peaks; at the bottom, a grotto, with various figures, including children swimming in a pool and a woman tilling the earth; from either side of the grotto, two paths leading up the mountain; men and women following the paths; along the left path are figures with a cross, an anchor, and a nursing child, representing Faith, Hope and Charity respectively; beyond them, a church, with a priest in the entrance; beyond that, a chariot pulled by horses, and further up, Phaeton; two cities near the peak, on which is a boy riding an eagle; along the right path are Venus and Cupid; beyond them, a winding path with figures fighting, and gallows; beyond them, Pegasus; at the peak, the figure of Death; in the centre, below the title, a group of figures in classical dress playing musical instruments; below them, a figure with a sail, representing Fortune, surrounded by men and women; in the foreground of this group, two men draw lots from an ewer. Engraving/Engraved frontispiece to George Wither, A Collection of Emblemes, Ancient and Moderne (London, R. Milbourne, 1635); title, 'Emblemes', in bubble in centre, over which is a winged figure holding a book, wreath, sword and whip; twin mountain peaks; at the bottom, a grotto, with various figures, including children swimming in a pool and a woman tilling the earth; from either side of the grotto, two paths leading up the mountain; men and women following the paths; along the left path are figures with a cross, an anchor, and a nursing child, representing Faith, Hope and Charity respectively; beyond them, a church, with a priest in the entrance; beyond that, a chariot pulled by horses, and further up, Phaeton; two cities near the peak, on which is a boy riding an eagle; along the right path are Venus and Cupid; beyond them, a winding path with figures fighting, and gallows; beyond them, Pegasus; at the peak, the figure of Death; in the centre, below the title, a group of figures in classical dress playing musical instruments; below them, a figure with a sail, representing Fortune, surrounded by men and women; in the foreground of this group, two men draw lots from an ewer. Engraving
Inscription
Lettered with title, and 'Will: Marshall. sculp:'
Producers
  • Print made by: Marshall, William (1617-1648)
Production Place
Europe,United Kingdom,England,Greater London,London
Schools
  • British
Comments
On the facing page there is an explanation of the frontispiece.
Bibliographic references
  • Hind (III.186.248)
  • Johnson (29)
Associated Names
  • Illustration to Wither, George (1588-1667)
  • Representation of Faith
  • Representation of Hope
  • Representation of Charity
  • Representation of Phaeton
  • Representation of Venus
  • Representation of Cupid
  • Representation of Pegasus
  • Representation of Death
  • Representation of Fortune
Associated Titles
  • A Collection of Emblemes Ancient and Moderne (STC 25900 b.)
Subjects
  • Horses
  • Church buildings
  • Swimming
  • Charity
  • Gallows
  • Violence
  • Chariots
  • Anchors
  • Horses
  • Eagles
  • Mountains
  • Caves
  • Ponds
  • Cities and towns
  • Swords
  • Eagles
  • Christianity
  • Hell
  • Angels
  • Crosses
  • Faith
  • Violence
  • Frontispieces
  • Faith
  • Hope (religious aspects
    Christianity)
  • Charity
  • Church buildings
  • Fighting
  • Pickaxes
  • Breastfeeding
  • Paths

Impression bpi2335 *

Location
British Museum
Reference
1896,1230.129
Dimensions
282.00 mm x 167.00 mm (trimmed)
Image Copyright
© Copyright The Trustees of The British Museum