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The Industrious 'Prentice by William Hogarth, 1747

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    Collectible museum-grade fine art print, hand-printed in England and individually finished with a monogram emboss. Each sale directly supports the artisan. Listed dimensions include a white border for easy framing.


    This print should be viewed alongside William Hogarth’s depiction of the execution of Tom Idle. Like that illustration, this one comes from Hogarth’s 1747 series Industry and Idleness. While Idle’s story provides a warning, the subject of this print – Francis Goodchild – provides an inspiration. Goodchild and Idle both start out as humble apprentices at a silk weaver’s shop in Spitalfields. While Idle’s behaviour brings him misery, Goodchild’s diligence and virtue bring reward. We can see the culmination of Goodchild’s triumphant story here. The scene is one that would have been familiar to Georgian Britons – the glitzy civic parade. Goodchild has just become the Lord Mayor of London. – Peter Moore

    Published: September 30th, 1747
     Plate 12 of 12
    William Hogarth
    Joshua Barrett
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    Presented on 310gsm Hahnemühle German Etching®; a traditional mould-made copperplate printing paper, characterised by its extraordinary velvety tactile feel and its fine, clearly defined felt structure.


    "The Industrious 'Prentice Lord-Mayor of London
    Proverbs CHAP: III. Ver:16.
    Length of days is in her right hand, and
    in her left hand Riches and Honour"

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    Part of a Limited Edition collaboration with author Peter Moore

    To mark the release of his new book 'Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness', bestselling historian Peter Moore has worked with us in curating a collection of fine-art prints inspired by the hidden roots of the Declaration of Independence, and has signed an exclusive Ex Libris edition of his book, only available through Unseen Histories.

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