The Amorous Thief__or The Lover's Larceny.From the Original Picture by John Collet, in the possession of Carington Bowles.
Mezzotint, sheet 350 x 250mm (13¾ x 9¾"). Trimmed inside platemark; false margins added; slight staining. 'CL-B' collector's stamp verso.
While a young woman sleeps, a man leans over to kiss her. The maid closes the door. Two books are inscribed 'Chloe caught napping' and 'The Agreeable Dream realiz'd'. On the wall is a picture of cupid (a common feature of romantic 'drolls' such as this). A squirrel ferrets on the table. The theme of young women leaving themselves prey to male attention by falling asleep was a common one in Georgian art such as that of John Collet.
Ex: collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; BM Satires 4554
[Ref: 36226] £240.00