A Jesuit, a monk, and a Catholic priest hold a battering-ram with the profile head of Canning, and are about to drive it against a church door, set in Gothic mouldings (right). The sour-looking priest tramples on a document: Coronation Oath; the Jesuit smiles, saying, Now we have got the right Tool and we shall soon get possession of all our Own Churches again. The ram is slung from a tripod. On the left is a turbulent Bishop or Pope; with a heavy crosier he has dragged from a pedestal a bust of George IV which lies at his feet. The pedestal is in a niche in the wall; at its base lies a naked infant holding out a paper: I am as unalterable as my late Brother, even as my lamented Father against any further Power to the Catholics.  May 10 1827  Hand-coloured etching

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1868,0808.8774

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A Jesuit, a monk, and a Catholic priest hold a battering-ram with the profile head of Canning, and are about to drive it against a church door, set in Gothic mouldings (right). The sour-looking priest tramples on a document: Coronation Oath; the Jesuit smiles, saying, Now we have got the right Tool and we shall soon get possession of all our Own Churches again. The ram is slung from a tripod. On the left is a turbulent Bishop or Pope; with a heavy crosier he has dragged from a pedestal a bust of George IV which lies at his feet. The pedestal is in a niche in the wall; at its base lies a naked infant holding out a paper: I am as unalterable as my late Brother, even as my lamented Father against any further Power to the Catholics. May 10 1827 Hand-coloured etching

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