An anti-religious satire attacking most of the major denominations of the nineteenth ...
An anti-religious satire attacking most of the major denominations of the nineteenth century, including Catholics, Episcopalians, Calvinists, Universalists, Methodists, Baptists, and Quakers. The artist parodies their respective religious beliefs and/or forms of intolerance. A chimera-like beast is shown, with seven heads, each representing one denomination. It also has wings, a forked fishtail, and the leg of a human. The various heads speak. Pope of Rome: "Heretical! Heterogeneal! Heterodox! I! am what I am!" Episcopalians: "Exterminate the Heretics!" Calvinists: "The Degree of Fate has fixed our Destinies." Universalists: "God will not punish us for what he does therefore we shall all be saved." Methodists: "Glory! We ha'nt got much larnin. Glory." Baptists: "I must be immersed or I shall be Damned." Friends or Quakers: We are Friends to all but the Heterodox." Below the title are lines from the Book of Revelation, "The Beast that was, and is not, and yet is."|Designed by A.M. Bouton.|Entered . . . 1835 by A.M. Bouton . . . Southern District of New York.|The Library's impression was deposited for copyright on April 10, 1835. Weitenkampf misreads the artist's name as "Benton."|Title appears as it is written on the item.|Weitenkampf, p. 38.|Forms part of: American cartoon print filing series (Library of Congress)|Published in: American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1835-5.