A new leaf for an old book of common prayer / JS f.

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James Sayers
1748-1823
Peel 1908
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Formerly owned by Sir Robert Peel.
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Title from caption below image.
Eight lines of verse below image, four on either side of title: "Guy Faux and his treason / are now out of season ... 'Twas a dev'lish deep thing / Well! God bless ye King."
The composition is based on Guy Fawkes's approach to the House of Lords in Samuel Ward's famous print "The Double Deliverance", 1621.

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Buckingham (l.), holding a dark lantern, advances conspiratorially towards the closed door of the House of Commons, a high narrow chapel with arched windows, flanked by narrow buttresses and a spire and crenellated parapet. In the cloudy sky is a small crescent moon. A beam of light descends on him from the spy-glass held to the eye of the King in the upper left. corner of the design, obliterating the ray from the dark-lantern.

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