Description: Original 1797 engraved portrait of James Nalton (1600?–1662) the English Presbyterian minister, known as "the weeping prophet". Nalton was born about 1600, the son of a London minister. In 1642 Nalton signed a petition addressed to Lord Dunsmore respecting the appointment of a master to Rugby grammar school. It was rejected, and apparently caused him to leave Rugby. He subsequently acted as chaplain to Colonel Grantham's regiment; and then about 1644 he was appointed incumbent of St. Leonard's, Foster Lane, London. There he remained, with a short interval, until his death. On 29 April 1646 he preached before the House of Commons at St. Margaret's, Westminster, on The Delay of Reformation provoking God's further Indignation (London, 1646), his fellow preacher on this occasion being John Owen. He was called the "weeping prophet" because "his seriousness often expressed itself by tears". In 1651 Nalton was indirectly concerned in Christopher Love's plot, and had to take refuge in Holland. For a short period one of the ministers of the English Church at Rotterdam; but he returned to England by permission at the end of six months, and resumed his work at St. Leonard's until he was ejected in 1662. He died in December of that year, and was buried on 1 January 1663. His funeral sermon, entitled Rich Treasure in Earthen Vessels, was preached by Thomas Horton. Nalton was the first signatory of the preface to Jeremiah Burroughes's Saint's Treasury, 1654, and himself published separate sermons. Twenty of these, with a eulogistic preface and a portrait engraved by John Chantrey, were issued by Matthew Poole, London, 1677. The engraved portrait dated 1797 offered here appears to be the same portrait done in 1677 by Chantrey, possibly pulled from the same plate??? Image is about 3-1/4 x 4 in. plus margins. Expected light toning but in very good condition, esp. for an 18th century print.
Condition Report: VG
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