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    Sale 5437

    British Mezzotints and Printed Handkerchiefs from the Collection of the Honourable Christopher Lennox-Boyd

    12 March 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 151

    INDUSTRY AND IDLENESS, AFTER HOGARTH, CIRCA 1780S

    Price Realised  

    INDUSTRY AND IDLENESS, AFTER HOGARTH, CIRCA 1780S
    white cotton printed in madder with medallions suspended from drapery, including The Industrious Prentice performing the Duty of a Christian, another The Industrious Prentice grown rich and Sheriff of London, contrasting with The Idle Prentice betrayed by his Whore and taken in a Night Cellar with his Accomplice--26in. square (66cm.)


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    From the famous series dating from October 1747 comprising 12 plates, telling the story of two apprentices, one idle and one industrious. The idle Jack takes to crime and eventually re-encounters Francis once more, when he appears before the Magistrate, once his fellow apprentice. The handkerchief was printed after Hogarth and his widow's death, when the prints were out of copyright.

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