Sleeping church congregation.

The Sleeping Congregation, 1728

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This rough oil sketch is Hogarth’s earliest dated painting. As a social satirist, Hogarth favored familiar, everyday subjects presented with a wry, comic twist. Here, the minister’s dull sermon has put the entire congregation to sleep before he is halfway through (note the hourglass by the pulpit).

Details
Title
The Sleeping Congregation
Artist Life
1697–1764
Role
Artist
Accession Number
58.10
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Sleeping church congregation.