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Drunken and diseased people attending the wedding of William Huntington and the rich widow Sanderson; behind Huntington is a devil handing breeches to a hack journalist. Coloured etching by S. De Wilde, 1808.

De Wilde, Samuel, 1751-1832.
Date
[1 October 1808]

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William Huntington was a preacher and religious entrepreneur at his Providence Chapel, Titchfield Street, off Great Portland Street, London, and subsequently at Grays Inn Road, near Calthorpe Street Figures on the left include deaf people (with ear-trumpet) and syphilitics (no nose). On the right and in the background, small grinning devils fill coalsacks with gold, alluding to Huntington's previous employment as a coal-heaver and his enrichment from religion which he described as the "Bank of faith". The gift of breeches refers to his receipt of some breeches after having prayed for some

Lettering

Love feast. Thaumaso Scrutiny esq. fecit.

Publication/Creation

[London] ([37 Leadenhall Street]) : [S. Tipper], [1 October 1808]

Physical description

1 print : etching, with watercolour ; image 17.3 x 34.1 cm

Publications note

British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, London 1947, vol. 8, no. 11083

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 38403i

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