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Print made by unknown artist, eighteenth century
after Robert Dighton, 1752–1814, British
Published by Haines & Son, active 1795–1809, British


Mezzotint with drypoint on medium, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Sheet: 15 7/8 × 10 3/4 inches (40.3 × 27.3 cm), Plate: 13 7/8 × 9 7/8 inches (35.2 × 25.1 cm), and Image: 11 5/8 × 9 7/8 inches (29.5 × 25.1 cm)

Inscribed on verso in graphite, lower center: "145"

Lettered inside image, lower left: "Indolence brings Misery"; lower right: "Industry Produceth Wealth"; bellow image: "Dighton pinxt. | FORTUNE. | Published 16th February 1796, by Haines & Son, No.19 Rolls Buildings, Fetter Lane, London."; below title: "Be such you would ye Gentlefolks. | Dame Fortunes gifts reveal | I can at will turn all the spokes | That guide her fickle wheel. | Nor dregs of ten, nor coffee grounds | That mystic apparatus: | Need I to shew life's ups and downs | To every Fortunatus. | The smiling road to human bliss: | Would you pursue the myster's this. | He that's content, hath Fortune found. | Cheerly with him her wheel goes round.| Gluttons, blame fortune for that Gout. | They from intemprance feel | While yonder Iron muscled lout | Enjoy's his scanty meal, | The indolent poor fortune curse | To fill up life's hiatus, | While the industrious find the Purse | And Cap of Fortunatus: | The smiling road to human bliss, | Thus court yoursteps the mystery this. | He that's content hath Fortune found, | Cheerly with him her wheel goes round. | Then, customs's Idiots, do not say | Fortune can blindly err. | If to her fane you miss the way | Tis you are blind not her | The even path before us lies | To where her gifts avail us, | And he contentment hath made wise, | Is the true Fortunatus. | The smiling road to human bliss. | Come then and tread! the mystery's this. | He that's content hath Fortune found, | Cheerly with him her wheel goes round."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
chains | cleaning | clouds | industry | men | ribbons | satire | shoes | wheels | whip | words
Associated People:
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