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Thomas Keppoch, the Bishop of Carlisle, kneels before the devil and the Pope who place their hands on his head and present him with a mitre. Engraving, 1746.

Oct 31 1746
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The scene is set outside the gate of Carlisle through which a group of attendants including pipers and highlanders walk, one holding the Young Pretender's banner. The Young Pretender (Edward Charles Stuart) hands Keppoch the writ for a bishopric inscribed 'For our Trust etc.' To the right, three men (Lords Balmerino, Kilmarnock and Cromartie) are caught in a trap baited with offices of state. Another man (Lord Lovat) and a fox look back at the trap as they walk away. In the distance a figure can be seen hanging. Refers to the brevity of Keppoch's bishopric. He was imprisoned and executed in Carlisle on 18 October 1746


Oct 31 1746.

Physical description

1 print : engraving ; sheet 23.8 x 32.9 cm


Rebellion rewarded or the ordination of Keppoch B-p of C-le by D-l the Pope and ye Pretender.

References note

British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, Vol III, London 1978, no. 2826


Wellcome Library no. 579060i



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