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The Idle '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 execution scene features at the end of William Hogarth’s popular moral series Industry and Idleness. Produced in 1747, Hogarth intended this series the emphasise the idea that ‘bad actions have bad consequences’. The character that personifies this message is called ‘Tom Idle’. Despite starting out with potential as a Spitalfields apprentice, Idle fritters away the opportunities that come his way. He goes to sea, spends time in poor company and, at length, finds himself on the wrong side of the law. In this print, Hogarth shows Idle’s story coming to its gloomy conclusion. His crime is to have treated life as mindless entertainment; he becomes the mindless entertainment himself. – Peter Moore

    Published: September 30th, 1747
    Plate 11 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 Idle 'Prentice Executed at Tyburn
    Proverbs CHAP I. Verſ:s 27, 28.
    When fear cometh as desolation, and their
    destruction cometh as a Whirlwind; when
    distreſs cometh upon them, they shall
    call upon God, but he will not answer"

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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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