Title Illustrated Plate Honoring Henry Garnet, Convicted and Executed for Complicity in the Gunpowder Plot, with Original Ink Vignettes and Mounted Cameo Portrait of Garnet
Book Condition Fine
Seller ID 003178
N.d., nineteenth century. The miniature vignettes in the margins are very finely rendered, with images of the Tower of London and three other buildings, Garnet hanging in a public square, a group of pigrims, and four skulls and crossbones. The Gunpowder Plot was a Catholic Jesuit conspiracy to assassinate James I in 1605. Although Garnet, a Jesuit priest opposed to violent action, had sought to foil the plot, he felt obliged not to divulge its existence to civil authorities when it was revealed to him in a confessional, and as someone for decades held in suspicion by the government, he was part of the round-up of conspirators and then tried on trumped up charges, leading to his conviction and execution in 1606. This card or plate, measuring 22 by 15 cm, is both unusual and of exceptional beauty.