Inflammatory arguments for and against the Test Laws

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Inflammatory arguments for and against the Test Laws
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Thomas Rowlandson after G M Woodward

Inflammatory arguments for and against the Test Laws

London, W Holland March 21st. 1790

Etching

Original hand colouring.

225 x 320 mm

Trimmed within platemark, lacking publishers details, above and below.

£250

Two men seated at a table, arguing over the proposed repeal of the Test Acts; at left, a stout clergyman pointing at a sheaf of papers lying on the table, titled 'The rights of the church maintained', at right, a thin and unkempt dissenter with long talons, with the features of Priestley, shakes his right fist, and holds in his left hand papers lettered 'The conduct of the dissenters vindicated' (Benjamin Thomas, 'The political and religious conduct of the dissenters vindicated' (1777)); a dog and a cat confronting each other under the table