Receiving Absolution for Past Heresies.Pl.2_
Pub by T Mc Lean 26 Haymarket. [n.d. c.1830.]
Hand-coloured etching. Plate 266 x 367mm (10½ x 14½"). Some holes to corners and along upper edge.
Satire on Catholic emancipation: a Cardinal-Legate with attendant clergy gives absolution to Lyndhurst, Peel, and Wellington. The two former kneel before the throne, their hands together as if in prayer. Lyndhurst has the Purse of the Great Seal under his knees and the mace on the floor beside him. Wellington kneels with folded arms on the dais, his empty throne and its canopy behind him on the extreme left. The Cardinal is stout and arrogant; behind him are two obese and bloated monks or friars; one holds a grotesque image of the Virgin on a pole, the other holds a large lighted candle, as does a small sly-looking priest. There is also a sharp-nosed spectacled Jesuit, holding a triple cross and clasping a rosary. Etched by William Heath, with his characteristic Paul Pry emblem lower left.
BM Satires: 15740.
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