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- Object: Frontispiece to Dr Bellendenus's sermon preached before the Right Honble &ca &ca
Dr. Parr stands in a pulpit, preaching, immediately under the sounding-board which is against the upper edge of the design. In his left hand is a pipe from which rises a cloud of smoke inscribed 'Exit in Fumo'; in his right hand is a pipe-stopper. From his mouth descends a billowing cloud of smoke inscribed 'Ex Fumo non dare Lucem'. Below him are the heads of men asleep, or yawning, or disgusted. In the lower right corner a woman puts up an umbrella as protection from the smoke, a man angrily inspects his watch. From a gallery heads, with the lank hair of zealots, look down with angry dismay. In the corner of a pew is the City Sword and mace, indicating the presence of the Lord Mayor. Below the title: '"Faucibus ingentem Fumum mirabile dictu \ "Evomit.' 24 May 1800
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Height: 360 millimetres
Width: 271 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
Parr, noted for smoking when this was not done in good company (see BMSat 9430), was appointed by Combe, the Lord Mayor, to preach the Spital Sermon on Easter Tuesday (15 April) 1800. It was very long, but its chief point was an attack on Godwin's 'Political Justice'. This involved him in an angry correspondence with his former friend, in which he attacked Godwin almost in the vein of 'The New Morality' (see BMSat 9240). See Kegan Paul, 'Life of Godwin', 1876, i. 374 ff. The sermon was published as a pamphlet in 1801, evoking a pamphlet from Godwin. For 'Bellendenus' see Sayers's 'Pre-face to Bellendenus', BMSat 7185. Combe, Lord Mayor 1799-1800, was a strong whig who was kept out of the mayoralty for 1798-9 by the Court of Aldermen. 'City Biography', 1800, p. 159.
Note the changed date from the state described by Dorothy George of 11th May.
Placed in Sarah Sophia Banks's album of the work of James Sayers.
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