Industry and Idleness

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Industry and Idleness
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William Hogarth

Industry and Idleness

London, Baldwin Craddock & Joy 1822

Copper engravings

Average size 270x350mm

Hogarth's famous moral tale (first published 1747) of the contrasting careers of the idle and the industrious apprentices. Idle turns to robbery and murder, is betrayed by a prostitute and eventually ends up being hung at Tyburn, while Goodchild works hard, marries his master's daughter and becomes Lord Mayor of London. These prints were often given to apprentices by their masters for Christmas presents. The copperplates of this set were recently purchased by the British Museum. 1. The Fellow 'Prentices at their Looms Paulson 168, state II/II. 2. The Industrious 'Prentice Performing the Duty of a Christian Paulson 169, state II/II 3. The Idle 'Prentice at Play in the Churchyard Paulson 170, state II/II 4. The Industrious 'Prentice a Favorite and Entrusted by his Master Paulson 171, state II/II 5. The Idle 'Prentice Turned Away and sent to Sea Paulson 172, state II/II 6. The Industrious 'Prentice out of his Time and Married to his Master's Daughter Paulson 173, state V/V 7. The Idle 'Prentice Returned from Sea and in a Garret with a Common Prostitute Paulson 174, state II/II 8. The Industrious 'Prentice Grown Rich and Sherrif of London Paulson 175, state II/II 9. The Idle 'Prentice Betrayed by his Whore and taken in a Night Cellar with his Accomplice Paulson 176, state IV/IV 10. The Industrious 'Prentice Alderman of London, the Idle one brought before him & Impeach'd by his Accomplices Paulson 177, state II/II 11. The Idle 'Prentice Executed at Tyburn Paulson 178, state III/III 12. The Industrious 'Prentice Lord Mayor of London Paulson 178, state III/III Set of 12 plates £1000