The trial of Archbishop Laud
By HOLLAR, W[enceslaus], 1644
The manner and forme of the Arch-Bishops triall in the House of Peeres.
- Author: HOLLAR, W[enceslaus]
- Publication place: [London
- Publisher: Printed by F.L. for Michaell Sparke Senior
- Publication date: 1644].
- Physical description: Etched print, trimmed to plate mark.
- Dimensions: 196 by 150mm. (7.75 by 6 inches).
- Inventory reference: 18314
Hollar’s detailed engraving of the scene of Laud’s trial was included in a book published in 1644, before the execution, entitled ‘A breviate of the life, of William Laud Arch-Bishop of Canterbury: extracted (for the most part) verbatim, out of his owne diary, and other writings, under his owne hand. / Collected and published at the speciall instance of sundry honourable persons, as a necessary prologue to the history of his tryall, for which the criminal part of his life, is specially reserved by William Prynne of Lincolnes Inne, Esquier’.
The house is packed with attendees, among whom many are identified by an alphabetical key. These are the Archbishop himself, the Lieutenant of the Tower of London where he was being imprisoned, his defence council, the clerk, members of the House of Commons and Henry Burton, who was surely excellent evidence against Laud’s character, since he had his ears cut off for daring to criticise him in a pamphlet. The letters also identifies various features of the house such as the tapestries on the walls. The key was printed in ‘A breviate of the life of William Laud.…’ but is not included here.
- NHG Hollar 544 II
- Pennington 555.