The interior of a church, probably the Cathedral of St. Asaph, showing one ruinous wall, with an inverted Gothic window. Shipley, Dean of St. Asaph, stands (left) on a large book inscribed 'Law of Libel Vol. I.', holding a firebrand inscribed 'Dialogue between . . . against a rough map' (left) of North Wales indicated by cracks on the plaster wall, the places marked being 'St Asaph' and 'Chester'. Above the dean are the winged heads of two cherubs. On the window is a large medallion with a profile head drawn so that it appears to be that of a devil with horns, while if turned upside down it is the head of Shipley wearing the hat of a dean (cf. BMSat 7617, &c.). Round it is inscribed, 'Ecclesia perversa tenet faciem diaboli'. On the wall to the right of the window are two profile bust-portraits facing each other, inscribed 'Doctor Sacheverell' (left) and 'Cæsar Borgia' (right). Between and above them is a bishop's mitre. Beneath them is a shelf of books: 'Law of Libels II' and 'Law of Libels III', standing upright; leaning against them are two volumes of Sermons. Beneath is a torn paper inscribed, 'The Jurors for our Lord the King upon their Oaths present That . . . Seditious'. In the centre, beneath the window, are the two halves of a pillory, irregularly across one another, showing the holes for head and hands. 13 December 1784 Etching
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