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A priest at his private devotion

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  • Title (object)

    • A priest at his private devotion
  • Description

    George III in monk's robes and with a large tonsure kneels, in profile to the right, before an altar in an attitude of prayer. His right leg emerges from his robe showing knee-breeches and clocked stocking. On the altar is a crucifix; on the wall behind it, within a circle surrounded by rays, is "Ecce Homo". On the end of the altar-cloth "The Holy Catholic Faith" is inscribed in a similar circle. On the wall on each side of the crucifix is a bust portrait; one of Sandwich inscribed "Twitcher" (left), and the other of North inscribed "Boreas" (right). Two walls of the room or closet are visible; in the back wall is an open door leading to a latrine; on its floor are papers inscribed: "Protestant Petitions for necessary uses", "Middles[ex] Petitio[n]", "Surrey Petition". For a similar association of the Protestant Petition with the County petitions see BMSat 5633, 5638, 5649. Over the latrine door is a bust-portrait of a pope wearing his triple crown. On the wall beside the door is a large print, torn and unframed, of Martin Luther. 10 June 1780 Etching


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  • Date

    • 1780
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 347 millimetres
    • Width: 236 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered: "Published as the Act directs June 10th 1780 for the Proprietor, & Sold at N° 1321 Fleet Street."
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
    It is interesting to note the date of publication: immediately after the riots which had raged 2-7 June, the first day on which the shops ventured to open, and the day of Lord George Gordon's arrest. For similar attacks on George III see BMSat 5534, 5669, 5670.
    Another impression from which the publication line has been cut off; "Priest" has been erased and "Great Man" written in its place in ink.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 5680 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British 1780 Unmounted Roy)

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    Prints & Drawings

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