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This is an antique set of the 6 of the plot-linked engravings from William Hogarth\'s series titled "Industry of Idleness" | These Engravings are uniformly matted and framed under glass in nice antique or vintage wooden Frames. They are in very good condition, with only slight aging They names of these are the following: 1. Plate 4: The Industrious \'Prentice a Favourite, and Entrusted by his Master - Engraved by Davenport 2. Plate 5: The Idle \'Prentice Turn\'d Away and Sent to Sea - Engraved by H. Adlard 3. Plate 6: The Industrious \'Prentice Out of his Time & Married to his Master\'s Daughter - Engraved by W.H. Worthington 4. Plate 10: The Industrious \'Prentice Alderman of London, The Idle One Impeach\'d Before Him by his Accomplice - Engraved by A. Duncan 5. Plate 11: The Idle\' Prentice Executed at Tyburn - Engraved by E. Smith 6. Plate 12: The Industrious \'Prentice Lord Mayor of London - F. F. Walker | The engravings themselves measure 7\" x 8\" and with their respective frames they each measure 12\" x 14\". Industry and Idleness is the title of a series of 12 plot-linked engravings created by William Hogarth in 1747, intending to illustrate to working children the possible rewards of hard work and diligent application and the sure disasters attending a lack of both. Unlike his earlier works, such as A Harlot\'s Progress (1731) and Marriage à-la-mode (1743), which were painted first and subsequently converted to engravings, Industry and Idleness was created solely as a set of engravings. Each of the prints was sold for 1 shilling each so 12 for the entire set, which is equivalent in purchasing power to approximately 80 GBP as of 2005. The originals currently reside at the British Museum.


Very good condition, with only slight aging.


14 x 12 in

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6 Engravings from W. Hogarth's "Industry of Idleness"

Estimate $500 - $700Jul 21, 2018