The Triumph of Free Discussion. A Sketch taken in the Wesminster Cock Pit on Wednesday the 24th of September 1834. Subject_A Lecture by the Revd. R. Taylor, A.B.M.R.C.S. "On the Importance of Character."
Rare etching. Sheet 171 x 202mm. 6¾ x 8". Trimmed and laid on separate sheet. Cut close into title area along top and bottom edges.
Robert Taylor (1784-1844) was an early 19th century Radical. When the French King was given refuge in England by the Tory government in the 1830s, Carlisle gave Taylor a platform in The Rotunda, where hs staged infidel melodramas, during which he pronounced "God and the Devil...to be but one and the self-same being...Hell and Hell-fire...are, in the original, nothing more than names and titles of the Supreme God." He was then dubbed the "The Devil's Chaplain", and thousands of copies of his ceremonies were circulated in "The Devil's Pulpit," a copy of which can be seen in the hand of the brawling spectators to the left-hand side.
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