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TITLE:  A word of comfort CALL NUMBER:  PC 1 - 7636 (A size) [P&P] REPRODUCTION NUMBER:  LC-DIG-ppmsca-07652 (digital file from original print) RIGHTS INFORMATION:  No known restrictions on publication. SUMMARY:  A British satire on the efforts of Charles James Fox to get the Test and Corporation Acts repealed. Joseph Priestley, preaching, speaks for the concerns of the clergy, stating their opposition to "Reynard and Associates" (Fox, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, John Townshend, and another man, possibly William Windham). Fox asks, "Pray, Doctor is there such a thing as a Devil?" to which Priestley responds with a resounding "NO." The Devil, standing amid flames, is about to skewer Priestley. The Test and Corporation Acts required membership in the Church of England, as well as other religious and civil obligations, for anyone seeking public office. In a touch of irony, the Prince of Wales (George IV) and Maria Fitzherbert, joined in an illegal marriage, sit in a pew on Priestley's left, facing the viewer. That Priestley's "NO" is printed in the same type as the title "A WORD OF COMFORT" suggests a play on words. MEDIUM:  1 print : etching. CREATED/PUBLISHED:  [London] : Pubd by W. Dent, 1790 March 22d. CREATOR: Dent William, fl. 1783-1793, publisher. NOTES: Title from item. Printed on laid paper with watermark: J Whatman. DLC Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires / George, v. 6, no. 7636 Forms part of: British Cartoon Prints Collection (Library of Congress). SUBJECTS: Priestley, Joseph,--1733-1804--Public appearances. Fox, Charles James,--1749-1806. Religion & politics--Great Britain--1790. Politics & government--Great Britain--1790. Preaching--Great Britain--1790. Devil--1790. FORMAT: Puns (Visual works) British 1790.Satires (Visual works) British 1790.Etchings 1790. PART OF:  British Cartoon Collection (Library of Congress) REPOSITORY:  Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA DIGITAL ID:  (digital file from original print) ppmsca 07652 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.07652 CONTROL #:  2004682208


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