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- Object: A Whip for the Horse a Bridle for the Ass and a Rod for the Fools Back
Satire on the Excise Bill showing the Revd. David Scurlock preaching in St Paul's Cathedral in favour of the Bill. He stands in a pulpit above which flies a flag with his atrtibutes: a bear's paw, ass's ears, a mask and a fox's brush, lettered "The Devil rebukes Sin"; behind him light radiates lettered "Dominus illuminatio mea, that is, God is my Illumination."; he says "Speak not Evil of Dignities"; a bag of money rests on his right shoulder, a pair of bellows blows into his left ear and a paper rests on his left shoulder letter "For a Bishoprick Unworthy as I am"; hanging from his nexk are a cash-box, lettered "F t w M P i" ("For that worthy Man Proving irrefragably"), and a ribbon lettered "I D o P O a N R" ("In Defence of Passive Obedience and Non Resistance") under which is a medallion lettered "Excise Scheme". The skins of a fox and a lion hang from the front of the pulpit, lettered in the centre "The Anser is Plane That is: A Mark of the Spiritual Tradesmans Political Shops" around the lion's tail is lettered, "For the damnable Sin the late Procession of the Citizens to Westminster"; lying on top of the skin is a paper lettered, "An Excellent Sermon calculated for the Benefit and Advantage of the whole Nation"; on the base of the pulpit, "Absolute Obedience my Brethren; murmuring against your superiors is Rebellion and consumate Impudence". A congregation of men and women mill around the pulpit showing strong reactions to the sermon: one man uses crutches; a woman turns away from the pulpit shielding her face with an open fan; a man bows with his hat covering most of his face; on the left, a flag is held aloft lettered "The Company of Sturdy Beggars" and showing Bacchus on a tun surrounded by emblems of wine and tobacco.
- Production date
- 1733 (circa)
Height: 240 millimetres (trimmed?)
Width: 182 millimetres (trimmed)
- Curator's comments
- The phrase "Sturdy Beggars" refers to an offensive phrase used by Walpole on 14 March 1733 about the City Petitioners.
- Not on display
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Excise Crisis 1733
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