[The sleeping congregation] [graphic] / invented, engraved & published October 26, 1736 by Wm. Hogarth pursuant to an act of Parliament ; retouched & improved April 21 1762 by the author.
[London] [Wm. Hogarth] [21 April 1762]
1 print : etching and engraving on laid paper ; plate mark 263 x 207 mm, on sheet 285 x 227 mm.
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 3, no. 2285 Paulson, R. Hogarth's graphic works (3rd ed.), no. 140
Title and state from Paulson. "Price one shilling." Purchased from John Grant, Ltd., Edinburgh; August 1940. With Kinnaird bookplate; disbound at Yale. Formerly owned by Charles Kinnaird, 8th Lord Kinnaird of Inchture (1780-1826). Imperfect, lower right corner of image ripped and 'touched' by hand; sheet trimmed to 268 x 210 mm.
The scene is the interior of a perpendicular Gothic church. The sand in the hourglass has run out, but the preacher continues to lecture, oblivious to the fact that his congregation has fallen asleep. The clerk below the pulpit eyes the bosom of the young woman sleeping in the lower right, fan in one hand and a book open to "... of Matrimony" about to slip from her fingers. An angel supports a banner that reads "et mon droit".
Clergy Kinnaird, Charles Kinnaird, Baron, 1780-1826 Lust Perrins, Charles William Dyson, 1864-1958 Preaching Religion Religious services Sleeping Sotheby, Frederick Edward, 1837-1909 Steevens, George, 1736-1800
Engravings -- England -- London -- 1762 Etchings -- England -- London -- 1762 Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1736
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