Tag Archives: Iconography

Catalogue of Sects

Updated 24 June 2014
Following my July post on the difficulty of finding a nice header for this new website, and after many attempts ranging from photographs of rural chapels to manuscript records, we have finally settled on the above and some readers have since asked that we identify the characters. From left to right are, an ‘Ante Scripturian’, a ‘Soule Sleeper’, an ‘Anabaptist’, a ‘Familist’, a ‘Seeker’ and… a ‘Divorcer’, beating his wife.
As you might have recognized, this is the cropped top tier of vignettes from the title-page of the 1647 broadside A Catalogue of the severall Sects and Opinions in England and other Nations With a briefe Rehearsall of their false and dangerous Tenents in the Thomason Collection, BL 669.f.10 [111].
 The first tier has a “Jesuit”, “One Evins a Welch-man (Arise Evans), an “Arminian”, an “Arian”, an “Adamite” and a “Libertin” breaking the tables of the Law, in the same aggressive posture as the Divorcer below him. 

Early-modern dissent and visual culture

As Michael, Joel and I are little by little filling up the pages of this blog, we realize how little suitable material there seems to be out there to use to illustrate it. Of course, portraits of ministers are not exactly lacking, nor are manuscript pages that institutions would allow us to use for academic purposes, or engravings of later chapels, but we’re not making huge progress with early material, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, with crowd scenes.

David Wykes has dug out the wonderful title-page of The Pathway to Eternal Life: Being the Last Sermon of that Eminent Divine Mr T. Williams, that he has kindly allowed us to reproduce here (see our ‘Events’ section, it’s been trimmed as we’re using it for publicity material for our forthcoming conference). Collage (London Metropolitan Archives) has a good engraving of the inside of Salters’ Hall (1720), which you might well want to check out if you don’t know it already; it’s n°6311 in their collection.

The French ‘Quaqueresse qui préche’ was apparently engraved by Bernard Picart around c.1723 and is in the public domain.

AssemblyOfQuakersI know I should probably know more about this picture and yet I don’t! Can anybody out there help us  with early-modern representations of dissent? We’d particularly like to change the default header that you can see above. Do you know anything that could be suitable and is there any work being conducted in the field, perhaps by art historians?

As talking about pictures makes me think of dissenting architecture, I’ve added a link in the relevant section to the Historic Chapel Trust. This is not a charity I know, but some of their restoration projects are gorgeous. I love browsing through the volumes of Christopher Stell’s Inventory and I’m just sorry such labours of love are hardly available outside major research libraries.