Archive for February 14th, 2012

February 14, 2012

The True Manner

of the Execution of Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford, May 1641. I love the details in these big crowd etchings by Hollar

Look at these guys trying to climb up the back of this stand and the ones on top trying to beat them back down with sticks!

A nice little foreground group. Man wearing a cassock/coat and several well to do women with waistcoats and kerchiefs I assume.

These chaps seem to have made their own platform with some discarded blocks.

And I’ve only just noticed this little detail. I don’t fancy anyone’s chances caught up in the collapse of this rostrum. Health and safety? Not in the 1640s!

February 14, 2012

Henry Colthurst

Etched by Hollar in 1644. I can find no information about Henry, but he seems pretty well-to-do in gorget and buff coat with a rather splendid full face helm on the table. Plain falling band and a simple baldrick. Note the small buckle.