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Romeyn de Hooghe (1645-1708), published by Johannes Tangena (active 1683–1699)

The Restoration of the True Religion in Great Britain c.1689

Etching | 48.7 x 57.9 cm; published by Johannes Tangena (active 1683–1699) | RCIN 750238

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In the autumn of 1688, the Protestants William of Orange and Princess Mary were invited by Parliament to seize the English throne from James II. Fearing a bloody battle, the king fled London for France on 18 December 1688, effectively abdicating the throne. This print depicts episodes from his flight, including his welcome at the French court by his cousin Louis XIV. Above, the bust of Britain's new Protestant monarch, William III, is flanked by personifications of Justice, Vengeance, Truth and Eternity and the slogans ‘NO MONARCHY’ (meaning no absolutist monarchy) and ‘NO POPERY’. Cat. 210