Title from Paulson. Two columns each with two lines of verse engraved below image: Studious he sate, with all his books around, Sinking from thought to thought, a vast profund! Plung'd for his sense, but found no bottom there; Then writ, and flounder'd on, in more despair. Dunciad Book I, line III. Copy of: Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 3, no. 2309. Copy of: Paulson, R. Hogarth's graphic works (3rd ed.), no. 145.
"An untidy garret with a man in a dressing-gown working on a poem entitled 'Poverty' while his wife is confronted by a milkmaid with a lengthy tally who demands payment; a baby in bed is crying; a dog eats meat from a plate on a chair; behind the poet's head is a satirical print showing Alexander Pope thrashing the book-seller Edmund Curll who had published pirate editions of his work."--British Museum online catalogue.
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