|Inigo Jones' church of St Paul, Covent Garden|
|Setting for a simple supper party|
Next to him in the exhibition was George I, and on the label at his side the label states "the King is represented as 'defender of the faith' ready to champion the Protestant cause". What an irony, given that the title he is claiming was awarded to Henry VIII by the Pope for his defence of Catholic doctrine in his treatise on the seven sacraments. Still today it is claimed by our Monarch as though the faith referred to was the Protestant faith, held (albeit somewhat loosely) by the Church of England. What a charade. Henry had only sought the title so that he could hold his head up against the 'Most Catholic' King of Spain.'
|A King because a Protestant: Fidei Defensor|
Apart from the politics, though, there were some lovely things on show; none better than this portrait of David Garrick and his wife, by our first great native-born portraitist, Hogarth.
And so to bed. Goodnight.