Satire: a fashionably-dressed young man kneeling on the left to light a miniature cannon and fire at the skirts of a young woman who sits on the right, sleeping with her chin on her hand, her elbow on a round table near an inkpot and an open book labelled 'To thee / o gentle / Sleep'; two other men stand watching behind the first; an oval portrait of an old woman in 17th century dress on the wall in upper right and neo-classical chimney-piece to left.  1773  Mezzotint

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2010,7081.802

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Satire: a fashionably-dressed young man kneeling on the left to light a miniature cannon and fire at the skirts of a young woman who sits on the right, sleeping with her chin on her hand, her elbow on a round table near an inkpot and an open book labelled 'To thee / o gentle / Sleep'; two other men stand watching behind the first; an oval portrait of an old woman in 17th century dress on the wall in upper right and neo-classical chimney-piece to left. 1773 Mezzotint

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