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The Secrets of the Convent (BM 1868,0808.4373)

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The Secrets of the Convent (BM 1868,0808.4373)

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Satire on Francis Dashwood's patronage of Paul Whitehead, and on the "Monks of Medmenham". Both men are dressed as monks. Dashwood offers a chalice to a statue of Venus, "Mater Omnium Sanctorum" while Whitehead approaches holding his book "Manners", an anti-Walpole satire published in 1739, and "The History of St Hubert"; on the floor, at right, lies an open book letterd "By Ovid mongst many more wonders / Hymns / A Soldie[r] & A Sail[or] / A Tink[er] / & a Taylo"; the verse below refers to Whithead's appointment as deputy wardrobe keeper to the king, and to Lord Bute's influence. 1763
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1763
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