This Print is exactly Engraiv'd after ye Celebrated Altar-Piece in St. Clements Church which has been taken down by Order of Ye Lord Bishop of London...which thay nisely gave for it, may not be Entirely lost 1st. Tis not the Pretenders Wife and Childrenas our weak brethren imagin 2.ly Nor St. Cecilia as the Connoisseurs think but a Choir of Angells playing in Consort [followed by a key referring to letters within the image.]
Etching on blue paper. Plate 342 x 197mm. 13½ x 7¾". Scarce, laid on album sheet.
Copy of Hogarth's satire on William Kent's altarpiece at St Clement Danes; a group of five angels playing musical instruments; the dove of the Holy Ghost above, surrounded by seven heads of putti. William Kent's altarpiece was much criticised for Roman Catholic overtones, and was said to include a depiction of Princess Maria Clementina Sobieska, wife of the Old Pretender; in 1725 the Bishop of London ordered it to be removed. Like Hogarth's original print of 1725 it is printed on blue paper but is distinguished by more uniform text below the image (including a modern 's' at the end of the final 'Wings') and other small differences.
BM Satires: 1765. Paulson: 63 [copy of]
[Ref: 27882] £360.00