Interior view of the House of God

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Interior view of the House of God
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George Cruikshank

Interior view of the house of God.

London, M. Jones November 1st. 1811, The Scourge

Etching

Original hand colouring

242 x 412 mm

Traces of old folds as issued, neat marginal repair.

£350

This meeting-house was in Kennington Road; Carpenter is not to be confused with Lant Carpenter (1780-1840), the Unitarian minister. A savage account of Carpenter, 'Mr- and the House of God', appeared in the August number of the 'Scourge', ii. 94-102. Tickets signed by the Angel Gabriel are said to be sold. The walls are decorated with pictures by a herald-painter's apprentice, representing his own visions; most conspicuous is one of Christ 'riding on a white horse in boots and spurs'. The congregation is said to be chiefly composed of discarded Methodists. Actually, Carpenter, a paper-maker of Neckinger House, Bermondsey, set up a 'chapel' in 1803, on the walls of which the dreams of one Henry Prescott of Bermondsey, interpreted by Joanna Southcott, were depicted. The 'tickets' must be the half-sheets signed and sealed by Joanna, by which the faithful were 'sealed' or certificated for the millennium; these she was falsely accused of selling. The paper was supplied by Carpenter, then one of her leading preachers, but who seceded from the prophetess. None was sealed after 1808, when one of the sealed was convicted of murder. See 'An Impartial Account of the Life and Writings of Joanna Southcott . . .', Leeds, 1814