The Polite Preacher.Contrasted Specimen of a Polite Sermon, Addressed to a Polite Congregation...
London, Published by Allen & West, 15 Paternoster Row, Octr 12. 1796.
Satirical broadside, hand-coloured etching with letterpress on watermarked laid paper. Sheet 350 x 200mm. 13¾ x 8". Lacking margin on three sides. Good original colour.
A preacher stands in a pulpit, his head turned in profile to the left, his right hand extended. His left hand, elegantly holding a handkerchief and displaying a ring, rests on his sermon and on the long, tasselled cushion of the pulpit. He says "Noble and Polite Hearers". He is sleek, well fed, and well dressed. By Isaac Criukshank after George Moutard Woodward (c.1760 - 1809), plate 57 for Woodward's 'Eccentric excursions: or, literary & pictorial sketches of countenance, character & country, in different parts of England & South Wales. ... Embellished with upwards of one hundred characteristic & illustrative prints'. Plate and page number at top. Scarce in this format, the caricature issued as a handbill by the publishers of the book for publicity purposes. There is an extended quotation from the sermon at the bottom.
See BM Satires 9121. See ESTC: N1225.
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