This painting, The Reader of Novels, is by Belgian artist Antoine Joseph Wiertz, and was completed in 1853.
It certainly captures the pleasure of lying in bed reading a dirty book!
I just wonder ... who is that sneaking in and trying to nick one of her other books?
Wiertz, btw, painted some really weird morbid stuff - you can see some of it here if you are interested. These examples aren't the half of it:
|The Young Witch, 1857|
|Two Young Girls, 1847|