Teaching the Unknown Tongue. A Scene in King Street St James's_
Pubd by Tregear 123 Cheapside April 1st 1832.
Lithograph, foreground outline excised for pasting into scrapbook. 305 x 210mm. 12 x 8¼". Very cut.
Satirical print with at its centre an evangelical preacher, probably Edward Irving (1792 - 1834), and a Mrs. Hall on the dais embracing, with other unlikely couples also canoodling below. Characters include a black man in servant's livery kissing a fat lady, and a gentleman with spectacles balanced on a bulbous nose sharing his order of service lovingly with another woman, who rests her head on his shoulder. A fantastic image. Irving was a popular preacher whose success is evidence of the general revival of religious feeling which began in the wake of the French Revolution. He started his career as a Church of Scotland Minister in Edinburgh but moved to London in 1822. He became minister at the Caledonian Church in Covent Garden and soon began to draw large crowds - including members of fashionable society - to his three hour sermons. Numerous satirical attacks on his charismatic preaching and extravagant theories appeared, but they only served to advance his reputation. He was prosecuted for heresy in 1832 and excommunicated from the Church of Scotland in 1833. By Charles Jameson Grant (1830 - 1852; fl.).
BM Satires: undescribed.
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