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- Object: The sinner on the cutty stool.
Scene in a crowded chapel. The pulpit projects from a gallery (right) above the clerk's desk. Before it Fletcher, draped in a sheet, stands, in profile to the left, on a three-legged stool, holding a lighted candle. The preacher leans forward with a denunciatory gesture. Eager and jostling spectators stand in a queue facing Fletcher; a man tries to push back the foremost, a military officer. 1825
Hand-coloured etching and aquatint
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Height: 126 millimetres
Width: 90 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
One of two plates to 'Trial of Rev. Alexander Fletcher, A.M., before the Lord Chief Justice of the Court of Common Sense . . .'. Pub. Knight and Lacey, Paternoster-Row, 1825 (B.M.L. T. 1073/11).
See No. 14700, &c. The 'trial' is before a jury of notables, including Campbell, Moore, Rogers, and Sir W. Curtis, with Sir Walter Scott as foreman; there is an appendix of authentic letters (quoted in No. 14824) between A. F. and Miss Dick, published in newspapers and pamphlets. It has no connexion with Dick v. Fletcher in the K.B., 14 Apr. 1824 (The Times, 15 Apr.), when Scarlett made an apology for Fletcher exonerating the lady from all allegations, which was accepted by Brougham. In the text Fletcher is found guilty on several counts including 'sundry shifts, shufflings, artifices, subterfuges, fictions, fabrications, &c. &c.' The other plate, by the same artist, is No. 14824.
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