A priest is standing at the door of his presbytery where he gives alms to a growing crowd of tattered beggars and cripples coming from the woods.
This picture is an illustration for the story, “The Vicar of Azay-le-Rideau,” from Droll Stories.
The caption reads in the original French:
Jamais ceulx qui vindrent querir de la laine en son presbytère ne s’en allèrent tondus, veu qu’il avoyt tousiours la main à la poche.
The translation provided here is from the edition published in London by the Bibliophilist Society, 1874.