Title from caption below image. Charles Corbet is one of the many pseudonyms of Richard Purcell. See Union List of Artists Names. Copy of No. 2285. See v. 3 of Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires. Cf. Paulson, R. Hogarth's graphic works (3rd ed.), no. 140.
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.
Clergy. Lust. Preaching. Religion. Religious services. Sleeping.
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