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- Object: The holy war.- A vision.
The forces of Popery (left), led by the Pope, advance towards those of Protestantism, headed by the Duke of York, in uniform, who stands with one foot on a grass plot inscribed Ireland (left), the other on England, an adjacent plot. The Pope holds out a document, Emancipation is all we ask! He wears a mask with bland features, but has an animal's pointed ear, and wears a curious tiara inscribed . . . eth, Tyran[ny], Slavery. Beside him is a flag on which are a skull and a tiny demon with the words Superstition and I[gno]rance; two acolytes with simian heads hold up his robes. Behind him walk a Jesuit and a cardinal, each with a skull in place of a head; the former holds a scourge, the latter a mask and a spear from which dangle two tiny corpses. They are followed by a sub-human crowd with spears, &c, and a banner inscribed Discord. A bloated monk, with a belt of [Lu]st & Gluttony, clutches a bottle labelled Poison. A ragged ruffian, holding a dagger and a firebrand inscribed Desolation, plunges through a stream inscribed Orange Blood; his belt is inscribed [T]error and on his back is a cross. Among the crowd is a king (Ferdinand VII). A demon holding up a bonnet rouge scatters coins among the eager crowd. In the foreground stand faggots and a barrel of Gun Powder G. F. [Guy Fawkes] with firebrands. In the background are tiny scenes of torture: a man hangs by a leg over a fire, a body roasts on a gridiron, a figure is being crucified and burned, and a long row of bodies hanging from a gallows is inscribed Heretics.
The Duke of York raises an arm forbidding the Papists to advance; he holds a banner inscribed Truth Ho - - Liberty. Above flies Truth, fully clothed and holding up her mirror, directing its rays on the Duke's banner and the Pope's petition. Just behind the Duke walks the Archbishop of Canterbury, a large Holy Bible under his arm, another bishop beside him. Behind them is a procession of well-dressed men with two banners, inscribed Wisdom Fortitude and Honour Glory. A woman points out the procession to two children. In the foreground are a cornucopia, a terrestrial globe, and sheaves of corn. Behind on a rock is a tiny figure of the King seated on a throne inscribed G.R. A band of men tug at a rope attached to a crown which surmounts the throne, while others with pickaxes undermine the rock on which it stands. Behind are solid clouds, above which appear St. Paul's, irradiated, a castle flying a flag inscribed Liberty, and Britannia standing over a kneeling man who writes in a book inscribed Holy War. April 1826
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Height: 160 millimetres
Width: 301 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
A crude print, apparently from a book or pamphlet.
Dated by E. Hawkins.
No-Popery Orangist propaganda at its most extreme. For the Duke of York see No. 14768, &c. Cf. No. 15125.
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