7. Hieroglyphic, Vox Stellarum, 1821
This was the last hieroglyphic prepared by Henry Andrews, who died in 1820. It follows his policy of carrying no explanatory text. Many of the images seem familiar enough to the modern reader—the lion of England, Britannia with her lamp shedding light on the darker regions of the earth, from which black slaves look to her for deliverance. She carries beneath her arm a large book, representing knowledge and wisdom, even power. An angel deflects an attacking wind which threatens to extinguish the lamp. The ram sitting above sailing ships may represent Britain’s trade, while the conjunction of Saturn and Mercury represented in astrological glyphs would indicate some difficulties and delays. Both in the introduction to the hieroglyphic and in his ‘Vox Coelorum’ notes above, Henry Andrews suggests a tangible identity to Time’, an identity which could only be postulated on the assumption that humanity was not yet time’s master. Reproduced by permission of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library.