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The Sleeping Congregation

1736
18th century
26.5 cm x 20.6 cm (10 7/16 in. x 8 1/8 in.)

William Hogarth (London, 1697 - 1764, London) Primary

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: Europe, English
Medium and Support: Etching and engraving
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Charles and Dorothy Clark, 1982
Accession Number: 1982.214

Inside a church a clergyman reads the Gospel while his congregation sleeps and a clerk eyes a young woman. Hogarth’s keen observation of human behavior and unsparing critique of social convention inspired all later British satirists.

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