Vanity Fair clergy

No, it isn’t something from Pilgrim’s Progress (or from Thackeray) – though Lord knows there are and have been Anglican and Episcopalian clergy aplenty who would have fit in rather comfortably as bishops, rectors and curates of Bunyan’s Vanity Fair.

Searching for a suitable image of a photograph or a painting of Bishop Edward King, I came upon this webpage of Vanity Fair prints of various British clergymen and religious leaders of the late 19th century.

Enjoy perusing them.

One thing I noted was that Dr Hermann Adler, the Chief Rabbi of the British Empire, was styled “the Very Revd”. I like that, for a variety of reasons. What I cannot discover is whether the Chief Rabbi (now of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Commonwealth), who currently is Sir Jonathan Sacks, is still styled “the Very Revd”.


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