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- Object: A peep into Westminster Hall on a call of serjeants
The interior of a panelled room. Two judges (right) sit side by side on a settee, in profile to the left, in their wigs and furred robes. On the left stand a number of barristers in wigs and gowns, one of whom (left) already wears the coif of the serjeant-at-law. Two barristers, one wearing the black patch of a serjeant, [The serjeants-at-law were a superior order of barrister (distinguished by wearing a white coif or cap with a black patch) from whom the judges were chosen. They were abolished in 1880.] appear to be acting as masters of the ceremonies, both hold papers. On the ground before the judges are two flat mattress-cushions, on one kneels a serjeant-elect, the judge is putting the coif on his head. Behind the judge stands a barrister grinning and looking through a single eye-glass. 1 March 1781
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Height: 236 millimetres
Width: 188 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
A note on an impression in the Ashmolean Museum identifies the judges as Mansfield and Loughborough.
On 8 February 1781 Cranley Thomas Kirby and Giles Rooke were admitted Serjeants. Haydn, 'Book of Dignities', p. 249. Beneath the design is engraved, "Esto Perpetua."
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