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Set of Eleven Coloured Engravings ‘Industry and Idleness’ by William Hogarth

Coloured engravings, 'Industry and Idleness'. Plates 1 - 12 (number 7 missing) of the morality series of prints by William Hogarth, completed on September 30, 1747. Each depicting the progress of two opposing characters, Francis Goodchild and Tom Idle.
Each in an ebonised frame. Height 11” (28cm) Width 15.25” (39cm)
English, circa 1790 - 1810
Stock No. 1681

‘Industry and Idleness’ is a series of images charting the fortunes and misfortunes of Francis Goodchild - the good apprentice - and Tom Idle - the bad. Their respective appearances, lives and careers are compared and contrasted, the one presentable, hard-working and polite and the other, slovenly, lazy and immoral. These paintings were ‘calculated for the use and instruction of youth’ by Hogarth and were intended to demonstrate to working children the benefits and rewards of hard and conscientious work and the ignominy of a life of crime and immorality. Beginning as equals, thereby demonstrating equal potential, Francis Goodchild, through his endeavours becomes Lord Mayor of London and Tom Idle meets his demise by public execution at Tyburn, having been impeached by his former colleague. Each image is accompanied by explanatory or foreshadowing text from the bible.

William Hogarth FRSA (1697-1764) was a controversial and individual English painter, printmaker, satirist, social critic and editorial cartoonist. His work ranged from realistic portraiture of all echelons of society to comic strip-like series of pictures called ‘modern moral subjects’. His work was influenced by French and Italian painting and engraving and, driven by a sense of justice, most were satirical caricatures. His paintings were mass-produced as prints during his lifetime and he was considered the most significant English artist of his generation. As a young boy, he took an interest in the street life of London and in its fairs and markets, and amused himself by sketching the characters around him. By 1720, he was an engraver in his own right, having been apprenticed as a boy to the engraver Ellis Gamble in Leicester Fields. Around this time he registered at the John Vanderbank Art Academy and in or around 1726 was taught painting by Sir James Thornhill, whose daughter he later married. His first financial success was with ‘A Harlot’s Progress’, a series of paintings from which he produced engravings in 1732. ‘Industry and Idleness’ (1747) followed ‘Marriage a la Mode’ (1743) In 1757 he was appointed ‘Serjeant Painter’ to the King.

Bowles & Carver, 69 St. Paul’s Church Yard, London, traded as such between the years 1793 and 1832.
Laurie Whittle, 53 Fleet Street, London were publishers/printers between the dates 1794 and 1812.

Plate 1
The Fellow ‘Prentices at their Looms - Industry and Idleness
Proverbs Chap: 23 Ve: 21
The Drunkard shall come to Poverty and drowsiness shall doth a Man nth rags &
Proverbs Ch: 10 Ve: 4
The hand of the diligent maketh rich.
London: Printed Bowles & Carver 69 St. Paul’s Church Yard, & Laurie & Whittle, 53, Fleet Street, London

Plate 2
The Industrious ‘Prentice performing the duty of a Christian
Psalm CXIX. Ver: 97
O! How I love thy law, it ism meditation all the day

Plate 3
The Idle ‘Prentice at play in the Church Yard during divine Service
Proverbs CH: XIX. Ve: 29

Plate 4
The Industrious ‘Prentice a Favourite and entrusted by his Master
Matthew Chap.XXV. Ve: 21
Well done thou good and faithful servant, thou has been faithful over a few things. Twill make thee ruler over many things.

Plate 5
The Idle ‘Prentice turned away and sent to Sea
Proverbs CHAP: X Ve: 1
A foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.

Plate 6
The Industrious ‘Prentice out of his time, and married to his masters daughter.
Proverbs CH XII. Ve: 4
‘The virtuous woman is a crown to her husband’.
designed by Wm. Hogarth

Plate 7
Missing - The Idle ‘Prentice return’d from Sea & in a Garret with common Prostitute.

Plate 8
The Industrious ‘Prentice grown rich & Sheriff of London
Proverbs CH:IV Ver: 7,8
With all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her and she shall promote their: she shall bring thee to honour when thou dost embrace her.

Plate 9
(The Idle ‘Prentice betrayed (by his (Whore) & taken in a Night-Cellar with his Accomplice).
Proverbs CHAP: VI. Ve: 26
The Adulteress will hunt for the precious life

Plate 210
The industrious ‘Prentice Alderman of London, the Idle one brought before I’m & Impeached by his Accomplice.
Psalm IX. Ver: 16 The Wicket is snar’d in the work of his own hands
&
Leviticus CH: XIX. Ve: 15
Though shall do no unrighteousness in Judgement.

Plate 11
The Idle ‘Prentice Executed at Tyburn
Proverbs CHAP : 1 Versa 27, 28
When fear cometh as desolation and their destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress cometh upon them, the they shall call upon God, but he will not answer.

Plater 12
The Industrious ‘Prentice Lore Mayor of London
Proverbs CHAP : III Ver: 16
Length of days is in her right hand and in her left hand Riches and HOnour.

Price: £1,450.00




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Set of Eleven Coloured Engravings ‘Industry and Idleness’ by William Hogarth

Coloured engravings, 'Industry and Idleness'. Plates 1 - 12 (number 7 missing) of the morality series of prints by William Hogarth, completed on September 30, 1747. Each depicting the progress of two opposing characters, Francis Goodchild and Tom Idle.
Each in an ebonised frame. Height 11” (28cm) Width 15.25” (39cm)
English, circa 1790 - 1810
Stock No. 1681

‘Industry and Idleness’ is a series of images charting the fortunes and misfortunes of Francis Goodchild - the good apprentice - and Tom Idle - the bad. Their respective appearances, lives and careers are compared and contrasted, the one presentable, hard-working and polite and the other, slovenly, lazy and immoral. These paintings were ‘calculated for the use and instruction of youth’ by Hogarth and were intended to demonstrate to working children the benefits and rewards of hard and conscientious work and the ignominy of a life of crime and immorality. Beginning as equals, thereby demonstrating equal potential, Francis Goodchild, through his endeavours becomes Lord Mayor of London and Tom Idle meets his demise by public execution at Tyburn, having been impeached by his former colleague. Each image is accompanied by explanatory or foreshadowing text from the bible.

William Hogarth FRSA (1697-1764) was a controversial and individual English painter, printmaker, satirist, social critic and editorial cartoonist. His work ranged from realistic portraiture of all echelons of society to comic strip-like series of pictures called ‘modern moral subjects’. His work was influenced by French and Italian painting and engraving and, driven by a sense of justice, most were satirical caricatures. His paintings were mass-produced as prints during his lifetime and he was considered the most significant English artist of his generation. As a young boy, he took an interest in the street life of London and in its fairs and markets, and amused himself by sketching the characters around him. By 1720, he was an engraver in his own right, having been apprenticed as a boy to the engraver Ellis Gamble in Leicester Fields. Around this time he registered at the John Vanderbank Art Academy and in or around 1726 was taught painting by Sir James Thornhill, whose daughter he later married. His first financial success was with ‘A Harlot’s Progress’, a series of paintings from which he produced engravings in 1732. ‘Industry and Idleness’ (1747) followed ‘Marriage a la Mode’ (1743) In 1757 he was appointed ‘Serjeant Painter’ to the King.

Bowles & Carver, 69 St. Paul’s Church Yard, London, traded as such between the years 1793 and 1832.
Laurie Whittle, 53 Fleet Street, London were publishers/printers between the dates 1794 and 1812.

Plate 1
The Fellow ‘Prentices at their Looms - Industry and Idleness
Proverbs Chap: 23 Ve: 21
The Drunkard shall come to Poverty and drowsiness shall doth a Man nth rags &
Proverbs Ch: 10 Ve: 4
The hand of the diligent maketh rich.
London: Printed Bowles & Carver 69 St. Paul’s Church Yard, & Laurie & Whittle, 53, Fleet Street, London

Plate 2
The Industrious ‘Prentice performing the duty of a Christian
Psalm CXIX. Ver: 97
O! How I love thy law, it ism meditation all the day

Plate 3
The Idle ‘Prentice at play in the Church Yard during divine Service
Proverbs CH: XIX. Ve: 29

Plate 4
The Industrious ‘Prentice a Favourite and entrusted by his Master
Matthew Chap.XXV. Ve: 21
Well done thou good and faithful servant, thou has been faithful over a few things. Twill make thee ruler over many things.

Plate 5
The Idle ‘Prentice turned away and sent to Sea
Proverbs CHAP: X Ve: 1
A foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.

Plate 6
The Industrious ‘Prentice out of his time, and married to his masters daughter.
Proverbs CH XII. Ve: 4
‘The virtuous woman is a crown to her husband’.
designed by Wm. Hogarth

Plate 7
Missing - The Idle ‘Prentice return’d from Sea & in a Garret with common Prostitute.

Plate 8
The Industrious ‘Prentice grown rich & Sheriff of London
Proverbs CH:IV Ver: 7,8
With all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her and she shall promote their: she shall bring thee to honour when thou dost embrace her.

Plate 9
(The Idle ‘Prentice betrayed (by his (Whore) & taken in a Night-Cellar with his Accomplice).
Proverbs CHAP: VI. Ve: 26
The Adulteress will hunt for the precious life

Plate 210
The industrious ‘Prentice Alderman of London, the Idle one brought before I’m & Impeached by his Accomplice.
Psalm IX. Ver: 16 The Wicket is snar’d in the work of his own hands
&
Leviticus CH: XIX. Ve: 15
Though shall do no unrighteousness in Judgement.

Plate 11
The Idle ‘Prentice Executed at Tyburn
Proverbs CHAP : 1 Versa 27, 28
When fear cometh as desolation and their destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress cometh upon them, the they shall call upon God, but he will not answer.

Plater 12
The Industrious ‘Prentice Lore Mayor of London
Proverbs CHAP : III Ver: 16
Length of days is in her right hand and in her left hand Riches and HOnour.

Price: £1,450.00

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