Mezzotint with etching, sheet 160 x 125mm (6¼ x 5"). Trimmed to platemark; small tear at bottom.
One of several copies of Hogarth's famous print 'The Sleeping Congregation' (October 1736), but the only one believed by Paulson to have been (possibly) published during Hogarth's lifetime. 'Devotion is being displaced from the image of the Virgin or any other icon to the sleeping young woman (with an exposed bosom) who, dozing with her prayer book open to the service 'Of Matrimony', has displaced her own worship to thoughts of a husband. From the ogling clergyman's point of view, she is the idol' (Paulson, 'Hogarth's Graphic Works').
Paulson 140 (copy); Ex: collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd
[Ref: 32351] £160.00