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The [rebus for 'mitred'] Soldier, or the [church] Militant

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  • Title (object)

    • The [rebus for 'mitred'] Soldier, or the [church] Militant
  • Description

    A satire on Thomas Herring, Archbishop of York, and the enthusiastic part he played in raising volunteer troops to resist the Jacobite rising. He is shown dressed partly as a bishop and partly as a military officer his episcopal gown tucked up over a lace-edged military coat and waistcoat beneath, he has lawn sleeves but wears gaiters and a gorget, on his back is a knapsack with his mitre on top. He shoulders a gun from the trigger of which is a ribbon lettered O Lord open thou my Lips & my Mouth shall show forth thy Praise. He says 'My [mitre] My Lands My Gold, Church'. A fish is shown above his lace cocked hat in allusion to his name. Behind him are a group of less keen volunteers, on the left lay men march with armed clergy, one saying 'May [he] Starve with us' another carries a standard (large flag?) a cleric says 'I'm a Canon', another claims 'I’ll be Vicar of Bray still', two clerical soldiers on the right complain one saying 'I've 12 Children but no Lands' the other 'Fight I have but 20£ a Year'.


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  • Date

    • 1745 (circa)
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 225 millimetres
    • Width: 217 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with captions in the image, a rebus for a herring above, the title below and 'A Paris Che Cocin sc'; annotated in ink on the recto 'Herring, Abp. of York / 1745'.
  • Curator's comments

    Herring was Archbishop of York from 1743-47.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 2635 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British Stephens series)

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  • Associated events

    • Associated Event: Jacobite Rebellion
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    Prints & Drawings

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