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Lust in Hogarth's 'Sleeping Congregation' : or, how to waste time in post-Puritan England

Krysmanski, Bernd

In: Art History, 21 (1998), Nr. 3. pp. 393-408

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The author suggests that the overriding theme of the engraved version of The Sleeping Congregation is Hogarth’s post-Puritan view of the old vice of Acedia or indolence. It is shown that the print, in Hogarth’s typical irony, updates a long pictorial and literary tradition of sleeping during the sermon; sleep, the characteristic mark of indolence and connected with lustful thoughts, a vice a hard working and ambitious member of the rising middle-class like Hogarth would have little patience with.

Document type: Article
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2022 10:13
Faculties / Institutes: Research Project, Working Group > Individuals
DDC-classification: Graphics arts, prints
Controlled Keywords: Hogarth, William / Die schlafende Gemeinde, Predigt <Motiv>, Schlaf <Motiv>, Satire
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sleeping Congregation / Acedia / Jonathan Swift / Joseph Addison / Aertgen van Leyden / preacher / sleeping in church / lust
Subject (classification): Artists, Architects
Countries/Regions: Great Britain, Ireland