The holy friar [graphic] / design'd by Sir E. Bunbury ; Rowlandson sculp.
Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827, printmaker.
[6 May 1807]
1 print : etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; sheet 27.5 x 21 cm
Title etched below image. "Sir E. Bunbury" may refer to the artist H.W. Bunbury. See British Museum catalogue. Two columns of verse below title: I am a friar of orders grey, And down the vallies I take my way; I pull not blackberry, haw or hip, Good store of ven'son does fill my scrip, My long bead roll I merrily chaunt, Wherever I walk no money I want; And why I'm so plump the reason I'll tell ... "Who leads a good life, is sure to live well." What baron, or squire, or knight of the shire, Lives so well as a holy friar ... Verses are a parody of Thomas Percy's Reliques of ancient English poetry. See British Museum catalogue. Grego identifies a companion print: Monastic fare. Plate numbered "Q. 2" in upper right corner. Plate from: Woodward, G.M. Caricature magazine, or Hudibrastic mirror. London : Thomas Tegg, [1808?], v. 1. Sheet trimmed within plate mark. CtY-LW
"Two fat friars gormandize in a Gothic cloister, seated in easy chairs. A lean old friar or lay brother brings in a sucking-pig. On the ground beside them are a chest of 'Relicks', bottles of 'Tokay' and 'Lackrymy Christi', church plate, with a 'Consecrated Cup' and a paper: 'Absolu[tion] Confess[ion] of Miss Wagtail.' On the wall is pinned a large print, 'Food for the Convent' [see British Museum Satire No. 3777]: a friar walking to the convent door with a large sheaf of corn on his back, from which project the head and feet of a girl. On a window recess are a skull, hour-glass, and cross ..."--British Museum online catalogue.
I am a friar of orders grey.
Eating & drinking. Gluttony. Monks.
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley--Ownership. Bunbury, Henry William, 1750-1811, attributed name. Harvey, Francis--Ownership. Johnstone, Henry Arthur--Ownership. Riviere & Son Binding. Tegg, Thomas, 1776-1845, publisher.
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Caricature magazine, or, Hudibrastic mirror.
807.05.06.01 Folio 75 W87 807 v.1
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Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 8, no. 10924 Grego, J. Rowlandson the caricaturist, v. 2, pages 72-3
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