Father Paul in his Cups, or the Private Devotion of a Convent. [&] Father Paul disturbed, or the Lay Brother reprov'd.
Pair of mezzotints with contemporary hand colour, rare as a pair, each 350 x 250mm. 13¾ x 9¾". Small worm holes to centre of one image; otherwise good, with margins.
Satire on life inside a monastery/convent: in the first image five monks are seated round a table drinking, one affecting to pray. Eight lines of verse from the The Duenna by Richard Brinsley Sheridan below. In the second, the leader of the monks, the stout friar 'Father Paul' of the title, refuses bread to an apprentice as behind a curtain in the background monks carouse with women. The Duenna was the most popular comic opera of its time.
BM Satires 4626. See also 3781, 3782.
[Ref: 17699] £650.00