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Jefferies, in the character of Atropos, cutting the thread of English Liberty

Jefferies, in the character of Atropos, cutting the thread of English Liberty

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Print shows King John seated at a small table outside his tent, signing Magna Carta, behind him stand by two bishops. Four men are pulling a rope, the "thread of English Liberty", which is attached to King John's chest and passes through their hands to a spinning wheel operated by William III and beyond where it binds scrolls labeled "Habeas Corpus Act", "Free Elections", "Magna Charta", and "Trial by Juries", it is then taken up by Lord Marshall, here playing the title role, "Jefferies in the character of Atropos", who is cutting the scrolls free, "Bill of Rights" in his hands and "Security of Private Property", "Appeals", and "Killing is Murder" on the ground at his feet. (Source: Stephens)

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01/01/1770
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Old England17.99358, -77.46606
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