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Hogarth, William, 1697–1764
Industry and idleness [graphic] / design'd by Wm. Hogarth.
[London] : Printed for Carington Bowles, in St. Paul's Church Yard, London, [between 1771 and 1785]
Physical Description:
12 prints : engravings ; plate marks 18 x 28 cm, on sheets 23 x 35 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A 2013 39
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Title from top margin of print 1.
"Book 5" of 31 sets of prints published by Carington Bowles, 1771-1785. A contemporary advertisement for the series notes: "Various sets, or books, of beautiful and entertaining prints, on half sheets of fine demy paper; containing 12 prints in each. Price 3s. plain, or 8s. each book, finely coloured. Printed for and sold by the proprietor Carington Bowles, at his map and print warehouse, no. 69, St. Paul's Church Yard, London."
"Designed by William Hogarth.
Bowles, C. Carington Bowles's new and enlarged catalogue of useful and accurate maps, charts, and plans. London, 1784, page 145
BAC: British Art Center copy unbound, in contemporary (?) brown paper wrappers. Uncolored. Housed with the 30 other sets of prints in this series. With the printed advertisement (1 sheet) listing the 31 sets.
Subject Terms:
Caricatures and cartoons -- England -- Early works to 1800.
Conduct of life -- Humor -- England -- Early works to 1800.
Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- Early works to 1800.
Satire, English -- Early works to 1800.
Engravings -- 1771-1785.
Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1771-1785.
Bowles, Carington, 1724-1793, publisher.

  • 1. The fellow 'prentices at their looms
  • 2. The industrious 'prentice performing the duty of a Christian
  • 3. The idle 'prentice at play in the church yard, during divine service
  • 4. The industrious 'prentice a favourite and entrusted by his master
  • 5. The idle 'prentice turn'd away, and sent to sea
  • 6. The industrious 'prentice out of his time and married to his master's daughter
  • 7. The idle 'prentice return'd from sea, and in a garret with a common prostitute
  • 8. The industrious 'prentice grown rich , and sherigg of London
  • 9. The idle 'prentice betray'd by his whore, and taken in a night cellar with his accomplice
  • 10. The industrious 'prentice Alderman of London, the idle one brouht before him & impeach'd by his accomplice
  • 11. The idle 'prentice executed a Tyburn
  • 12. The industrious 'prentice Lord Mayor of London.

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