A student reads to an audience the epic poems of Sir Richard Blackmore and the sermons of John ("Orator") Henley to find out which is the more soporific; his audience fall asleep with boredom. Etching by C. Grignion after F. Hayman.

  • Hayman, Francis, 1708-1776.
[between 1750 and 1759?]
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Sir Richard Blackmore was a physician who wrote numerous epic poems such as 'Eliza: an epic poem in ten books' (1705). John Henley was a dissenting minister who preached at the Oratory in Clare Market (Houghton Street, London). An example of his published sermons is 'Sion in perfect beauty: or, the heaven of heavens: a sermon deliver'd in the Oratory by Lincoln's-Inn-Fields, on Sunday, April 26, 1730' (London 1730)


[London?] : [publisher not identified], [between 1750 and 1759?]

Physical description

1 print : etching, with engraving ; platemark 16.9 x 10.8 cm


And now to this side, now to that they nod, As verse or prose infuse the drowsy god. Dunciad Book II. F. Hayman inv. et del. ; C. Grignion sculp. Bears numbers : Plate XXI ; Vol. V facing p. 121


Wellcome Collection 35815i



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