John Philbrick Antiques
Box 174, Edwardsville, IL 62025    603.498.5009


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Ephemera:  Colored Engraving
" The Sleepy Congregation" ... It would appear the celebrant has little regard for the suspended sandglass timer as he examines the Book of Matthew... the oddly positioned lavender gowned maiden is dreaming of matrimony and the deacon seems to be paying close attention to something other than his text... a full communion service is propped up in the background... just one of many dramatic details. William Hogarth invented this scene along with hundreds of others becoming the most copied (no pun intended) engraver of his time. This strike was printed for Carrington Bowles, next to the Chapter House in St. Pauls Church Yard, London. 18th century.
Condition: Professionally cleaned and deacidified, edge repair especially near bottom right. Original red stained frame and backboard kept separate by an acid free mat board.
" When Dulness mounts the Sacred Rostrum, And deals about his sleepy nostrum; Is there an eye awake can keep? No - All submissive nod to Sleep.

Engraved print on chain-laid paper  12 1/2 by 16 1/2 inches framed  $1900



Box 174, Edwardsville, IL 62025    603.498.5009