The Horrid Hellish Popish Plot, by Francis Barlow 1682

One of the first European comic strips is probably Francis Barlow's 'The Horrid Hellish Popish Plot' from 1682. The comic was probably only preceded by German woodcarvings from the late 15th Century resembling comics. In this sequential story, Barlow makes consistent use of speech balloons resembling banners or scrolls. An accomplished painter, etcher, and book illustrator, Francis Barlow was the leading bird and animal artist in 17th century England.

The Horrid Hellish Popish Plot, by Francis Barlow 1682

Last updated: 2006-12-29

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