The year 1577 is recorded as the year in which ‘The Great Comet of 1577’ passed close to Earth, and was viewed by people all over the world. Due to the belief of plague miasma from the planets, this comet carried with it a deadly variant of plague to make the dead rise. The infected plague dead has arisen by ‘God’s wrathe… and ‘are condemned as murtherers (murderers), through noysome stryking of jaws’. Although obviously not historically accurate, the plague regulations this work is based upon did exist. First printed in November 1578, the government (called in the 16th century the Privy Council) of Elizabeth I (7 September 1533 – 24 March 1603), set out a list of plague regulations to be enacted during the constant outbreaks of the bubonic plague caused by the Yersinia pestis bacterium. Herbal remedies and advice including early quarantine decrees were set down and distributed to attempt to stem the panic of the infection. The image if an ofgraveconcern original illustration.
Medieval Public Notice of Zombie Plague. 1578
Recreation of titlepage with added historical elements. Printed on handmade paper resembling the look and feel of paper from the period the work was produced (8.5" x 11"), or textured watercolour paper (5"x7"). Printed with archival inks, and packaged in protective sheet and cardboard backing.
Small prints on antique style paper, mounted to actual antique salvaged wood, and hung with twine. 3.5" x 4.5"