A CONFERENCE between the D___L and Doctor D___E/ Together with the Doctor's Epitaph on himself (A Conference between the Devil and Dr. Dove), 1764
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In this cartoon or broadside the Devil is shown seated beneath a tree on the right side of the image: a large, naked, winged humanoid figure with curly horns, pointed ears, fangs and a long pointed tail. One hoofed foot rests on a three-tined pitchfork.

The left half of the image depicts a kneeling figure clad in coat and waistcoat, knee breeches, stockings and buckle shoes. His head, though wearing a full-bottomed wig, is that of a beaked bird (a play on the name of the subject, Dr. David Dove). From beneath the skirt of his coat extends a forked tail. He stretches his hands to the Devil, who reaches toward him. From his mouth issue the words "Thou great Prince of Darkness, Assist me in my Undertakings." From the mouth of the Devil extends the response, "Well done, thou Good and Faithful Servant." The birdlike figure represents Dr. Dove.

Beneath the image is the caption, "A CONFERENCE between the D___L and Doctor D__E./ Together with the Doctor's Epitaph on himself." followed by lines of verse.

The authorship of the verse is attributed to Isaac Hunt (ca. 1742-1809); the engraving has been attributed to Henry Dawkins and the publication to Andrew Steuart. The cartoon's Evans (Evans Early American Imprints) number is 9617.

Heartman Collection sale catalogue, 1948, lot 420.

Connection to Franklin
Found among Franklin's papers
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