A copy of the fourth print in William Hogarth’s series “Four Times of the Day”, set at the intersection of Rummer Court and Charing Cross. Le Sueur’s equestrian statue of Charles I can be seen in the background. It is the anniversary of the Restoration of Charles II (29 May, known as “Oak Apple Day”). In the foreground a drunken freemason (probably the corrupt magistrate Sir Thomas De Veil) is supported by a serving man. Behind them a man pours gin into a keg. To the left a barber is seen at work through a window; each pane of the shop window contains a lit candle. From a window above the barber shop, a chamber pot is being emptied onto the top of a wooden shelter under which a man and woman sleep. Beside them, a link boy crouches as he blows on the flame of his torch. Behind and to the right of the freemason, the Salisbury Flying Coach has crashed and overturned while trying to avoid a bonfire in the middle of the street; the passengers reach out the window of the coach, alarmed looks on their faces.Two men look on, one of whom appears to be a butcher. Shop and tavern signs include the barber’s which is decorated with oak leaves and advertises “Shaving Bleeding & Teeth Drawn wth. a Touch Ecce Signum”; the Rummer Tavern; the Earl of Cardigan; and, the Bagnio and the New Bagnio.
Printmaker: Cook, Thomas, approximately 1744-1818, printmaker.
Title: Night [graphic] / designed by Wm. Hogarth ; engraved by T. Cook.
Published: [London] : Published February the 1.st 1798 by G.G. & J. Robinson Pater-noster Row London, [1 February 1798]
“A fat bottle-nosed parson preaches from the upper story of a three-decker pulpit. Below him a lean curate sleeps, spectacles on forehead. A lank-haired rubicund clerk listens alertly. At the base of the design are the heads of a congregation, asleep, except for a flirting couple.”–British Museum online catalogue.
“A number of men seated round a circular table over the wine manifesting sleepiness or exhaustion in different ways, while an officer in regimentals harangues them on some campaign. He sits over the table, in profile to the right, gesticulating with outstretched arms over a plan drawn on the table-cloth. Two overturned wine-glasses lie in front of him, two empty bottles stand on the table. On the farther side of the table a man stands up, stretching and yawning violently. His neighbour on his right also yawns; the man on his left supports his head on his hands, scowling at the speaker through half-closed eyes. Next him (right) a man in profile to the left holding a wine-glass yawns widely. Two others in profile to the right are asleep in attitudes of extreme weariness. A very fat man, sitting on the left. I turned away from the table, with outstretched legs in top-boots, yawns violently. From the right enters a servant with tousled hair, wearing a striped jersey; he is bringing in a boot-jack and pair of slippers, he too is yawning violently. In the foreground are two dogs.”–British Museum online catalogue.
Title: A long story [graphic] / H. Bunbury Esqr. invt.
Publication: [London] : [publisher not identified], [ca. 1802?]
Caricature of Queen Caroline sleeping side by side with Bergami as seen through the window of an elegant stage coach as they are observed by an astonished postillion. On the top of the carriage are two cases with the initials CB (Caroline of Brunswick) and on the carriage door, a coat of arms with a sleeping lion and unicorn.
Printmaker: Lane, Theodore, 1800-1828, printmaker
Title: Travelling tète à tetè!! [graphic].
Publication: London : Pubd. by G. Humphrey, 27 St. James’s St., June 25, 1821.
“The interior of a large church or cathedral. Burke, dressed as a Jesuit, standing within a low, semicircular wall at the foot of a crucifix, marries the Prince of Wales and Mrs. Fitzherbert. The Prince is about to put the ring on her finger. Fox gives her away, holding her left wrist. Beside him (right) stands Weltje in back view but looking to the left at the ceremony. A napkin is under his left arm, bottles project from his coat-pockets, and the tags on his shoulder denote the liveried manservant. To the left of Fox appears the profile of George Hanger. On the left North sits, leaning against the altar wall, sound asleep, his legs outstretched. He wears his ribbon but is dressed as a coachman, his hat and whip beside him. All the men wear top-boots to suggest a runaway match. Behind the Prince in a choir seat is a row of kneeling monks who are chanting the marriage service. The crucifix is partly covered by a curtain, but the legs and feet are painfully distorted … On the wall and pillars of the church are four framed pictures: ‘David watching Bathsheba bathing’, ‘St. Anthony tempted by monsters’, ‘Eve tempting Adam with the apple’, and ‘Judas kissing Christ’, the last being over the head of Fox.”–British Museum online catalogue.
A drawing of four scenes, with caricatured figures with large heads and very small bodies. Upper left: A man with a monocle (right) inquires of the butler on a threshold with pillar to his left, “Is your master within. No Mr. Smallfeast he’s gone out to dinner. Oh dear me, well your mistress will do just the same. & She’s out Sir. How provoking. Well, I’ll set down by the fire till they come home. I’m sorry to tell you that that’s gone out to.” Upper right: A soldier is shot by a man (Turk?) hiding in the tall grass and pointing a rifle. Lower half, left: In a pulpit a bald minister with spectacles rants and he holds up a Bible in his left hand ready to throw it at the sleeping congregation below, ” Ye sleepy crew if ye wont hear the word of God ye shall feel it.” Lower right: A simpleton in artist attire holds up a piece of paper with a stick figure drawing and says, “Don’t you think I improve.”
Creator: Grant, C. J. (Charles Jameson), active 1830-1852, artist.
A view of the interior of a cottage with an old woman asleep in a chair, her feet resting on a low footstool in front of open door (left); in her lap she holds an open book and a pair of spectacles. On the right, a boy in a smock stands on a stool in front of an open cupboard eating from a full bowl. Along the back wall is a pair of casement windows with a drop leaf table below and pictures on the wall to the left. A cat walks across the center of the scene looking up at the boy.
Creator: Grant, C. J. (Charles Jameson), active 1830-1852, artist.
A view of the interior of a church where the congregation (right) sleeps as the clergyman in his pulpit reads from the gospel; he uses a magnifying glass to read the text; an hour glass extends from the side of the pulpit. Below the clergyman sits the clerk who holds his eyeglasses in his hand and eyes the exposed bosom of a young woman asleep on the left rather than the volume before him. The young woman’s holds in her hands a fan and book open to the word “matrimony”. Above the stained-glass windows a cupid hovers with his bow.
Title: The sleepy congregation [graphic] = La congregation tout endormi / W. Hogarth pinxt. et sculpt.
Date of creation based on publication date of print. Published by S.W. Fores in November 1795 as “Deputy Pendulum’s motion for an address”; engraved by Isaac Cruikshank with Woodward’s name removed form lower left corner.
An ugly man in old-fashioned dress stands full-face, toes turned in, squinting, and looking downwards. An ‘Address’ is in his right hand, his left hand is in his breeches pocket; a document inscribed ‘Observations’ protrudes from his coat-pocket. His scanty audience of seven men, most of them sleeping, is behind him, on either side of a fireplace. A broken candle on the mantel drips wax into the mouth of one of the sleeping men (right), much to the amusement of his neighbour on his right. In the doorway on the far-left, one of the men uses a ear-trumpet; one holds a tea cup in his hand, and a third yawns. Over the chimney-piece is a large clock-face, the hands indicating 10:56; above it is a carved owl and the words ‘About your business’.
Artist: Woodward, G. M. (George Moutard), approximately 1760-1809, artist.
Title: About your business [drawing] / GM Woodward delin.
Six members of the society sit in a row, each singing a different song. All are ugly and elderly except one lady who turns to her neighbour singing, “In sweetest harmony we live.” The latter, almost bald, sits on the extreme left, singing, “Time has not thinn’d my flowing hair.” A fat, ugly lady bawls towards her left hand neighbour: “Encompass’d in [an] angels frame.” He sings to her: “Together let us ran[ge] the fields.” A man with closed eyes from which tears fall, sings: “Said a smile to a tear what cause have you hear.” A gouty, old naval officer on the extreme right sings: “Oh exquisite harmony!! Music has charms to soften rocks and bend the knotted oak.” A dishevelled footman with a bottle in his coat-pocket walks from the right, tilting his salver of glasses so that they fall on a squalling cat. He sings tipsily: “From night till morn I take my glass I hopes to forget my Chloe!!” A dog on the left howls.