Select Vestry Comforts.
London Pubd April 1 1828, by S.W: Fores, 41. Piccadilly.
Etching. 228 x 311mm. 9 x 12¼". Cut.
Eight of the select vestry of St Paul's, Covent Garden, dine in the Vestry Room, while the beadle blocks the doorway on the extreme right. A parson, identified as Dr. Richards, is in the chair at the head of the table, mopping his bald head. Decanters of Port and Sherry, a ham, and a turkey are on the table; a dwarfish footman brings in a dish of ducks. A second footman oafishly holds out a glass of wine to the chairman, spilling the contents of a soup plate on to the head of a guzzling fellow gnawing a bone, who is identified as Alderman Winchester. The latter's neighbour eats with a knife; all but the parson-chairman appear ill-bred; one turns aside to vomit. The parson's vis-à-vis, identified as Mr. Staunton, leans back in his chair, asleep with food on his fork, while a spectacled doctor, identified as Dr. Morgan proffers a bottle of Rose Water. From the pocket of a gross and carbuncled man, identified as Mr. Thompson, hangs a paper: Hush-Money from certain Brothells, Flash-Houses &c &c. He drinks, putting his foot on that of a small man, 'Fentum', who stares at him knowingly. A satire arising from an incident on 26 March in the Vestry Room of St. Paul's which was an episode in a struggle against the autocratic Select Vestry. Henry Winchester was a leading Tory Alderman, M.P. for Maidstone 1830-1. He died insolvent and insane in 1838. George Richards, D.D. (1767-1837), Vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields.
BM Satires: 15527.
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