The Devils Doings or the Cruel Radical Harpies destroying A Feast. "now by St Paul's the work goes bravely on --
Pub by T McLean 26 Haymarket where Political & other Caricatures are Daily brough out [n.d. c.April 1828.]
Hand-coloured etching, large margins left & right. Plate 260 x 375mm (10¼ x 14¾"). Slight foxing. Cut to platemark at top.
Satire on disputes in the parish of St Paul's, Covent Garden. The Devil stands on a rooftop, overturning a dinner-table and upsetting the guests who fall on clouds of dust. The guests are also assailed by harpies (winged men whose bodies terminate in barbed and scaly tails). One of these is James Corder, holding a long bill for various dinners. He attacks 'the Grand Carver mounted on his Cockroach' (Roach) and holds out a paper inscribed 'Majority 7'. The dust forms a background, and is inscribed Dust for the Eyes of the Parishioners; looming through it is the façade of St. Paul's, Covent Garden. In April 1828 Corder was elected Vestry Clerk for St Paul's, Covent Garden, beating Roach by a majority of seven.
BM Satires: 15529.
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