Industry and Idleness

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Industry and Idleness
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William Hogarth
Industry and Idleness
London,  J. Boydell 1809
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 £1200