This drawing, published in Gentleman's Magazine in 1793, was based on an image from a stained glass window. It shows food and drink being distributed to the poor, to the crippled, and to those in religious orders who lived by charity.
This panel is from a fifteenth-century window in the church of All Saints, North Street, York; the window as a whole illustrates the six acts of mercy mentioned by St. Matthew. The panel here shows a man (whose clothing indicates him to be wealthy) dipping into his purse to help those who have fallen into misfortune: prisoners, shackled into the stocks. The money he gives them will help them buy food and drink while in prison. The man at rear with the staff is perhaps the gaoler.