Mezzotint, platemark 275 x 205mm (10¾ x 8") very large margins. Late impression on wove paper.
A young woman (supposedly the courtesan Mrs Russell) confesses to a monk who points a finger at her with one hand while masturbating with the other. Such scenes between an attractive woman and a lascivious monk were common in 18th century prints. Engraved by the famous early mezzotinter John Smith (1652-1743) after Dutch painter Marcellus Laroon II (1649-1702).
State iii?/iv (Christopher Lennox-Boyd database); for a copy of this print in reverse see ref. 37690.
[Ref: 40222] £85.00