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Hierapistes: a defense, by way of apology, for the ministry and ministers of the Church of England

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    1653 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cross, Thomas the elder (engraver)
    Crooke, Andrew (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Edgar Seligman

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case PS, shelf 7

Physical description

Title-page illustrated with the standing figure of a king (Charles I) and a bishop (?the author) representing armed Prudence and learned Piety, hold a shield, bearing the title, in front of a column surmounted by the sun of righteousness. Behind the king are an oak tree and a lion, behind the bishop, an olive tree and a lamb, above are clouds and cherub heads.

Place of Origin

London (published)


1653 (published)


Cross, Thomas the elder (engraver)
Crooke, Andrew (publisher)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'Tho. Cross Sculpsit. London Printed for Andrew Crooke. 1653.'
Lettered with the title of the book, motoes etc. an


Height: 20.3 cm cut, Width: 14 cm cut

Descriptive line

Print, title-page to John Gauden's Hierapistes: a defense, by way of apology, for the ministry and ministers of the Church of England, engraving by Thomas Cross, 1653.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Corbett, Margery and Michael Norton. Engraving in England in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries: the Reign of Charles I. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1952-64.
Johnson, A. F. A catalogue of engraved and etched English title-pages: down to the death of William Faithorne, 1691. London: Printed for the Bibliographical Society at the Oxford University Press, 1934. xi. 109 p.
Catalogue of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum: vol. 5, Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires. 11 v. ill. London: British Museum, 1870-1954.
Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1960: Volume 2, Edgar Seligman Gift. London: HMSO, 1966.



Subjects depicted

Lion; King; Bishop; Cherubs; Shield; Oak tree; Lamb


Prints; Portraits; Printed pages & sheets


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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