[Foundling Chapel Brawl.]
Designed in two compartments.
Aquatint with etching. 250 x 180mm, 9¾ x 7". Some minor foxing.
A committee of dressed animals and birds, including a bear, fox, dog, cat, monkey, pigeon, owl and bull, seated at a meeting of the Chapel Committee in a dignified room with sash window, large pictures, and chimney-piece. The Chairman in back view seems a man and is identified as Thomas Everett, President of the Hospital, while the members including Thomas Bernard, a Philanthropist, Dr. Willain, Owen Parr have the heads of animals. The lunette scene is "Charity". This engraving is one from a set of six satire produced by Sayers to accompany huis own verse " Foundling Chapel Brawl" which relates to the Committees treatment of Elizabeth Sayers [ ? Sister] in being removed from the Governors Pew. The BM impression carries the verse from the poem 'Besides - I deem it a disgrace / In public thus to lend my face /To such a set of pew-men.' 1805. James Sayers [1748-1823], a caricaturist, with a long career, produced political satire published by Thomas Cornell and later by Mrs. Humphreys (Gillray's partner and publisher).
BM:10468 See BM:10465-10470.
[Ref: 17509] £230.00