Anticipation - Bringing them to the Scratch, - Hercules in the Church; or, the Tithes in Danger
Wellington, in civilian dress, stands between two bloated and mitred bishops, taking each by an ear he forces them to disgorge sovereigns into a big tub. A shower of coins falls from each mouth; in one episcopal pocket is a paper inscribed '£50,000 per Annum'; in the other, '£60,000 per Annm'. A plump and naked cherub flies above Wellington's head, blowing through a trumpet. The head and shoulders of George IV project from the right margin. From the tub coins pour through a spout into a smaller one from which a man is filling money-bags. The full bags, inscribed 'For Curates, Repairs of Churches, Support of Paupers', are stacked beside the tub. Behind two lean and ragged parsons are walking off, carrying bags inscribed 'Poor Curates'. In the background is a Gothic cathedral. Dialogue is over the heads of each figure. Source: George.
British Museum #15771
25 cm x 37 cm
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
George IV, King of the United Kingdom
Church of England
Loyola University Chicago Archives and Special Collections