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Genuine, original William Hogarth engravings and etchings from Darvill's Rare Prints

William Hogarth was an English painter and printmaker who poignantly commented the English society of the eighteenth century with biting satire. The career and life of Hogarth were as unusual as his prints.

William was born as the son of a shopkeeper (his mother) and a schoolmaster and publisher. The youth of William was overshadowed by the chronic financial problems of his father, who was even imprisoned because of his debts. This humiliating experience formed Hogarth for the rest of his life.

Hogarth started an apprenticeship as a silversmith in 1714, but never finished it. He then tried his luck as an independent engraver for copper plates. His early commissions were for cards, book illustrations and single prints. In 1720, he registered at the John Vanderbank Art Academy. Around 1726 or earlier, he was taught painting by James Thornhill whose daughter he later married. He earned some reputation for theater decoration paintings.

Hogarth experienced his first big financial success with A Harlot's Progress, a series of paintings from which he produced engravings in 1732. Only the engravings survived. The paintings were lost in a fire in 1755.

A Harlot's Progress is a set of 6 prints about the hapless life of a prostitute. It was a completely new kind of genre prints that were referred as moral history subjects.

After the big success of A Harlot's Progress, Hogarth published a male counterpart series, A Rake's Progress - a story in eight plates showing the decline of a promising young man into a life of drinking and immoral behavior.

In 1743, the painting series Marriage à la Mode was completed. It is considered his masterpiece. In Marriage à la Mode Hogarth turned his satire on the follies of the upper classes. The theme of this series is about marriage for money. Although the prints of Marriage à la Mode sold well, the paintings did not. Therefore all prints designed afterwards, were created exclusively as print designs without any painted counterparts.

In 1747 followed the series Industry and Idleness, a moral story of an idle and an industrious apprentice in twelve plates.

In 1753 Hogarth wrote his book The Analysis of Beauty, a wrap-up of his artistic and esthetic principles.

Hogarth was a very controversial and individual character. Driven by a sense for justice, he missed no chance to get into a quarrel with his contemporaries. His most hated enemy was the British politician John Wilkes, whom he had ridiculed in one of his engravings. William Hogarth died on October 26, 1764.

 

PLEASE NOTE: WE HAVE A COMPLETE SET OF ALL 12 PLATES FROM THE
1797 LAURIE/WHITTLE PUBLICATION OF HOGARTH ENGRAVINGS AS WELL AS A COMPLETE SET FROM THE 1822 HEATH EDITION. SERIOUS ENQUIRIES ARE WELCOME.
Plates from 1796-1803 Cook edition below Plates from 1822 Heath edition below

Industry and Idleness plate 1
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Industry and Idleness (Plate 1)
The Fellow 'Prentices at their Looms

Edition: Cook (1796-1803)

Size: approx. 23 1/2 x 16 3/4 inches

Condition: Excellent.

$300



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Industry and Idleness (Plate 1)
The Fellow 'Prentices at their Looms

Edition: Heath (1822)

Size: approx. 19 x 12 7/8 inches
(half sheet trimmed from full sheet)

Condition: Very Good/Excellent
Minor foxing in margins, somewhat narrow lower margin

$250


Industry and Idleness plate 2
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Industry and Idleness (Plate 2)
The Industrious 'Prentice performing
the Duty of a Christian

Edition: Cook (1796-1803)

Size: approx. 23 1/2 x 16 3/4 inches

Condition: Excellent.

$150


 


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Industry and Idleness (Plate 2)
The Industrious 'Prentice performing
the Duty of a Christian

Edition: Heath (1822)

Size: approx. 18 3/4 x 12 1/2 inches
(half sheet trimmed from full sheet)

Condition: Excellent
Minor foxing in margins

$100


 


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Industry and Idleness (Plate 3)
The Industrious 'Prentice at Play in the Churcy Yard, during Divine Service

Edition: Heath (1822)

Size: approx. 18 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches
(half sheet trimmed from full sheet)

Condition: Excellent
Minor foxing in margins

$200


Industry and Idleness plate 4
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Industry and Idleness (Plate 4)
The Industrious 'Prentice a Favourite,
and entrusted by his Master.

Edition: Cook (1796-1803)

Size: approx. 23 1/2 x 16 3/4 inches

Condition: good, with foxing in left margin and water stain in right margin. Would look fine once matted and framed.

$200


 


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Industry and Idleness (Plate 4)
The Industrious 'Prentice a Favourite,
and entrusted by his Master.

Edition: Heath (1822)

Size: approx. 18 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches
(half sheet trimmed from full sheet)

Condition: Excellent
Minor foxing in margins

$150


Industry and Idleness plate 5
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Industry and Idleness (Plate 5)
The Idle 'Prentice turn'd away, and sent to Sea

Edition: Cook (1796-1803)

Size: approx. 23 1/2 x 16 3/4 inches

Condition: Excellent with very minor unobtrusive fox marks in margin

$175


 


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Industry and Idleness (Plate 5)
The Idle 'Prentice turn'd away, and sent to Sea

Edition: Heath (1822)

Size: approx. 18 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches
(half sheet trimmed from full sheet)

Condition: Excellent
Minor foxing in margins and light spot next to scripture cartcouche (to the left)

$150


Industry and Idleness plate 6
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Industry and Idleness (Plate 6)
The Industrious 'Prentice out of his Time and Married to his Master's Daughter

Edition: Cook (1796-1803)

Size: approx. 23 1/2 x 16 3/4 inches

Condition: Excellent with very minor unobtrusive fox marks in margin

$200


 


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Industry and Idleness (Plate 6)
The Industrious 'Prentice out of his Time and Married to his Master's Daughter

Edition: Heath (1822)

Size: approx. 18 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches
(half sheet trimmed from full sheet)

Condition: Excellent
Minor foxing in margins; somewhat narrow top margin

$150


Industry and Idleness plate 7
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Industry and Idleness (Plate 7)
The Idle 'Prentice return'd from Sea, & in a Garret with a common Prostitute

Edition: Cook (1796-1803)

Size: approx. 23 1/2 x 16 3/4 inches

Condition: Excellent with very minor unobtrusive fox marks in margin

$175


 


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Industry and Idleness (Plate 7)
The Idle 'Prentice return'd from Sea, & in a Garret with a common Prostitute

Edition: Heath (1822)

Size: approx. 18 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches
(half sheet trimmed from full sheet)

Condition: Excellent
Minor foxing in margins; narrow bottom margin

$150


Industry and Idleness plate 8
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Industry and Idleness (Plate 8)
The Industrious 'Prentice grown rich,
& Sheriff of London

Edition: Cook (1796-1803)

Size: approx. 23 1/2 x 16 3/4 inches

Condition: Excellent with very minor unobtrusive fox marks in margin

$300


 


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Industry and Idleness (Plate 8)
The Industrious 'Prentice grown rich,
& Sheriff of London

Edition: Heath (1822)

Size: approx. 18 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches
(half sheet trimmed from full sheet)

Condition: Very Good/Excellent
Moderate foxing in margins; narrowish top margin;
unrepaired tears to bottom edge of paper, not affecting image area.

$200


Industry and Idleness plate 9
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Industry and Idleness (Plate 9)
The Idle 'Prentice betray'd by his Whore, & taken in a Night Cellar with his Accomplice

Edition: Cook (1796-1803)

Size: approx. 23 1/2 x 16 3/4 inches

Condition: Excellent with minor unobtrusive fox marks in margin

$300


 


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Industry and Idleness (Plate 9)
The Idle 'Prentice betray'd by his Whore, & taken in a Night Cellar with his Accomplice

Edition: Heath (1822)

Size: approx. 18 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches
(half sheet trimmed from full sheet)

Condition: Very Good/Excellent
Minor foxing in margins; narrow bottom margin

$250

(also available as a full sheet with plate 10...
please enquire if interested)

betrayed by whore
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Industry and Idleness (Plate 9)
The Idle 'Prentice betray'd by his Whore, & taken in a Night Cellar with his Accomplice

Edition: unknown 18th century edition with inscription "Designed by Wm. Hogarth" but no engraver noted.

Size: approx. 18 3/4 x 13 1/2 inches
(on chain laid paper, with fleur-de-lis and crown watermark)

Condition: Very Good/Excellent
Other than the rumpling in the left margin (would be covered by a mat/mount) this is an exceptionally clean impression.

$250

Industry and Idleness plate 10
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Industry and Idleness (Plate 10)
The Industious 'Prentice Alderman of London,
the Idle one brought before him
& impeach'd by his Accomplice

Edition: Cook (1796-1803)

Size: approx. 23 1/2 x 16 3/4 inches

Condition: Excellent

$225


 


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Industry and Idleness (Plate 10)
The Industious 'Prentice Alderman of London,
the Idle one brought before him
& impeach'd by his Accomplice

Edition: Heath (1822)

Size: approx. 18 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches
(half sheet trimmed from full sheet)

Condition: Very Good/Excellent
Minor foxing in margins; narrow top margin

$175

(also available as a full sheet with plate 9...
please enquire if interested)

Lord Mayor of London
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Industry and Idleness (Plate 12)
The Industious 'Prentice Lord Mayor of London

Edition: Cook (1796-1803)

Size: approx. 23 1/2 x 16 3/4 inches

Condition: Excellent

$300


 

 
from The Works of William Hogarth by the Rev. John Trusler
London, 1833

Industry and Idleness
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Industry and Idleness
Plate 1
The Fellow 'Prentices at their Looms


"The Works of William Hogarth
in a Series of Engravings: with descriptions and a
Comment on Their Moral Tendency
by the Rev. John Trusler"

(Jones and Co., Temple of the Muses, (Late Lackington's), Finsbury Square, London, 1833)

Original 180+-year-old copperplate engraving

Sheet size: 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches
original text accompanies engraving


Please refer to detailed scan by clicking on thumbnail image provided to assess condition.

SOLD AS A COMPLETE SET OF12 ORIGINAL COPPERPLATE ENGRAVINGS, SEE DETAILS IN GREY BOX BELOW

Industry and Idleness
(click image to enlarge)

Industry and Idleness
Plate 2
The Industrious 'Prentice
Performing the Duties of a Christian


"The Works of William Hogarth
in a Series of Engravings: with descriptions and a
Comment on Their Moral Tendency
by the Rev. John Trusler"

(Jones and Co., Temple of the Muses, (Late Lackington's), Finsbury Square, London, 1833)

Original 180+-year-old copperplate engraving

Sheet size: 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches
original text accompanies engraving

Please refer to detailed scan by clicking on thumbnail image provided to assess condition.

SOLD AS A COMPLETE SET OF12 ORIGINAL COPPERPLATE ENGRAVINGS, SEE DETAILS IN GREY BOX BELOW

Industry and Idleness
(click image to enlarge)

Industry and Idleness
Plate 3
The Idle 'Prentice
at Play in the Church Yard


"The Works of William Hogarth
in a Series of Engravings: with descriptions and a
Comment on Their Moral Tendency
by the Rev. John Trusler"

(Jones and Co., Temple of the Muses, (Late Lackington's), Finsbury Square, London, 1833)

Original 180+-year-old copperplate engraving

Sheet size: 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches
original text accompanies engraving

Please refer to detailed scan by clicking on thumbnail image provided to assess condition.

SOLD AS A COMPLETE SET OF12 ORIGINAL COPPERPLATE ENGRAVINGS, SEE DETAILS IN GREY BOX BELOW

Industry and Idleness
(click image to enlarge)

Industry and Idleness
Plate 4
The Industrious 'Prentice
a Favourite, and Entrusted by his Master


"The Works of William Hogarth
in a Series of Engravings: with descriptions and a
Comment on Their Moral Tendency
by the Rev. John Trusler"

(Jones and Co., Temple of the Muses, (Late Lackington's), Finsbury Square, London, 1833)

Original 180+-year-old copperplate engraving

Sheet size: 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches
original text accompanies engraving

Please refer to detailed scan by clicking on thumbnail image provided to assess condition.

SOLD AS A COMPLETE SET OF12 ORIGINAL COPPERPLATE ENGRAVINGS, SEE DETAILS IN GREY BOX BELOW

Industry and Idleness
(click image to enlarge)

Industry and Idleness
Plate 5
The Idle 'Prentice
Turn'd away and Sent to Sea


"The Works of William Hogarth
in a Series of Engravings: with descriptions and a
Comment on Their Moral Tendency
by the Rev. John Trusler"

(Jones and Co., Temple of the Muses, (Late Lackington's), Finsbury Square, London, 1833)

Original 180+-year-old copperplate engraving

Sheet size: 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches
original text accompanies engraving

Please refer to detailed scan by clicking on thumbnail image provided to assess condition.

SOLD AS A COMPLETE SET OF12 ORIGINAL COPPERPLATE ENGRAVINGS, SEE DETAILS IN GREY BOX BELOW

Industry and Idleness
(click image to enlarge)

Industry and Idleness
Plate 6
The Industrious 'Prentice
Out of His Time & Married to his Master's Daughter


"The Works of William Hogarth
in a Series of Engravings: with descriptions and a
Comment on Their Moral Tendency
by the Rev. John Trusler"

(Jones and Co., Temple of the Muses, (Late Lackington's), Finsbury Square, London, 1833)

Original 180+-year-old copperplate engraving

Sheet size: 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches
original text accompanies engraving

Please refer to detailed scan by clicking on thumbnail image provided to assess condition.

SOLD AS A COMPLETE SET OF12 ORIGINAL COPPERPLATE ENGRAVINGS, SEE DETAILS IN GREY BOX BELOW

Industry and Idleness
(click image to enlarge)

Industry and Idleness
Plate 7
The Idle 'Prentice
Returned from Sea, and in a Garret with a Prostitute


"The Works of William Hogarth
in a Series of Engravings: with descriptions and a
Comment on Their Moral Tendency
by the Rev. John Trusler"

(Jones and Co., Temple of the Muses, (Late Lackington's), Finsbury Square, London, 1833)

Original 180+-year-old copperplate engraving

Sheet size: 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches
original text accompanies engraving

Please refer to detailed scan by clicking on thumbnail image provided to assess condition.

SOLD AS A COMPLETE SET OF12 ORIGINAL COPPERPLATE ENGRAVINGS, SEE DETAILS IN GREY BOX BELOW

Industry and Idleness
(click image to enlarge)

Industry and Idleness
Plate 8
The Industrious 'Prentice
Grown Rich, and Sheriff of London


"The Works of William Hogarth
in a Series of Engravings: with descriptions and a
Comment on Their Moral Tendency
by the Rev. John Trusler"

(Jones and Co., Temple of the Muses, (Late Lackington's), Finsbury Square, London, 1833)

Original 180+-year-old copperplate engraving

Sheet size: 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches
original text accompanies engraving

Please refer to detailed scan by clicking on thumbnail image provided to assess condition.

SOLD AS A COMPLETE SET OF12 ORIGINAL COPPERPLATE ENGRAVINGS, SEE DETAILS IN GREY BOX BELOW

Industry and Idleness
(click image to enlarge)

Industry and Idleness
Plate 9
The Idle 'Prentice
Betrayed by a Prostitute


"The Works of William Hogarth
in a Series of Engravings: with descriptions and a
Comment on Their Moral Tendency
by the Rev. John Trusler"

(Jones and Co., Temple of the Muses, (Late Lackington's), Finsbury Square, London, 1833)

Original 180+-year-old copperplate engraving

Sheet size: 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches
original text accompanies engraving

Please refer to detailed scan by clicking on thumbnail image provided to assess condition.

SOLD AS A COMPLETE SET OF12 ORIGINAL COPPERPLATE ENGRAVINGS, SEE DETAILS IN GREY BOX BELOW

Industry and Idleness
(click image to enlarge)

Industry and Idleness
Plate 10
The Industrious 'Prentice Alderman of London,
The Idle One Impeach'd before him by his Accomplice


"The Works of William Hogarth
in a Series of Engravings: with descriptions and a
Comment on Their Moral Tendency
by the Rev. John Trusler"

(Jones and Co., Temple of the Muses, (Late Lackington's), Finsbury Square, London, 1833)

Original 180+-year-old copperplate engraving

Sheet size: 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches
original text accompanies engraving

Please refer to detailed scan by clicking on thumbnail image provided to assess condition.

SOLD AS A COMPLETE SET OF12 ORIGINAL COPPERPLATE ENGRAVINGS, SEE DETAILS IN GREY BOX BELOW

Industry and Idleness
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Industry and Idleness
Plate 11
The Idle 'Prentice
Executed at Tyburn


"The Works of William Hogarth
in a Series of Engravings: with descriptions and a
Comment on Their Moral Tendency
by the Rev. John Trusler"

(Jones and Co., Temple of the Muses, (Late Lackington's), Finsbury Square, London, 1833)

Original 180+-year-old copperplate engraving

Sheet size: 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches
original text accompanies engraving

Please refer to detailed scan by clicking on thumbnail image provided to assess condition.

SOLD AS A COMPLETE SET OF12 ORIGINAL COPPERPLATE ENGRAVINGS, SEE DETAILS IN GREY BOX BELOW

Industry and Idleness
(click image to enlarge)

Industry and Idleness
Plate 12
The Industrious 'Prentice
Lord Mayor of London


"The Works of William Hogarth
in a Series of Engravings: with descriptions and a
Comment on Their Moral Tendency
by the Rev. John Trusler"

(Jones and Co., Temple of the Muses, (Late Lackington's), Finsbury Square, London, 1833)

Original 180+-year-old copperplate engraving

Sheet size: 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches
original text accompanies engraving

Please refer to detailed scan by clicking on thumbnail image provided to assess condition.

SOLD AS A COMPLETE SET OF12 ORIGINAL COPPERPLATE ENGRAVINGS, SEE DETAILS IN GREY BOX BELOW

COMPLETE SET OF TWELVE ORIGINAL COPPERPLATE ENGRAVINGS
"INDUSTRY AND IDLENESS"
(Trusler, 1833)

from The Complete Works of William Hogarth • Mackenzie, London, 1870
at their looms
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Industry and Idleness
Plate 1
The Fellow 'Prentices at their Looms
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"The Complete Works of William Hogarth"
(Mackenzie, London, 1870)

Sheet size: 8 3/4 x 12 1/4 inches
engraving on steel

Condition: Excellent

(note: entire sheet is too large to scan)

$15

duty of Christian
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Industry and Idleness
Plate 2
The Industrious 'Prentice
Performing the Duties of a Christian
t


"The Complete Works of William Hogarth"
(Mackenzie, London, 1870)

Sheet size: 8 3/4 x 12 1/4 inches
engraving on steel

Condition: Excellent

(note: entire sheet is too large to scan)

$15

gambling
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Industry and Idleness
Plate 3
The Idle 'Prentice
at Play in the Church Yard
t


"The Complete Works of William Hogarth"
(Mackenzie, London, 1870)

Sheet size: 8 3/4 x 12 1/4 inches
engraving on steel

Condition: Excellent

(note: entire sheet is too large to scan)

$15

favourite
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Industry and Idleness
Plate 4
The Industrious 'Prentice
a Favourite, and Entrusted by his Master
t


"The Complete Works of William Hogarth"
(Mackenzie, London, 1870)

Sheet size: 8 3/4 x 12 1/4 inches
engraving on steel

Condition: Very Good/Excellent
—extremely light foxing in margins

(note: entire sheet is too large to scan)

$15

sent to sea
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Industry and Idleness
Plate 5
The Idle 'Prentice
Turn'd away and Sent to Sea
t


"The Complete Works of William Hogarth"
(Mackenzie, London, 1870)

Sheet size: 8 3/4 x 12 1/4 inches
engraving on steel

Condition: Very Good/Excellent
—extremely light foxing in margins

(note: entire sheet is too large to scan)

$15

married to master's daughter
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Industry and Idleness
Plate 6
The Industrious 'Prentice
Out of His Time & Married to his Master's Daughter
t


"The Complete Works of William Hogarth"
(Mackenzie, London, 1870)

Sheet size: 8 3/4 x 12 1/4 inches
engraving on steel

Condition: Very Good/Excellent
—extremely light foxing in margins

(note: entire sheet is too large to scan)

$15

with prostitute
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Industry and Idleness
Plate 7
The Idle 'Prentice
Returned from Sea, and in a Garret with a Prostitute
t


"The Complete Works of William Hogarth"
(Mackenzie, London, 1870)

Sheet size: 8 3/4 x 12 1/4 inches
engraving on steel

Condition: Very Good/Excellent
—extremely light foxing in margins and somewhat grubby lower margin

(note: entire sheet is too large to scan)

$15

rich sheriff
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Industry and Idleness
Plate 8
The Industrious 'Prentice
Grown Rich, and Sheriff of London


"The Complete Works of William Hogarth"
(Mackenzie, London, 1870)

Sheet size: 8 3/4 x 12 1/4 inches
engraving on steel

Condition: Very Good/Excellent
—extremely light foxing in margins

(note: entire sheet is too large to scan)

$15

betrayed by prostitute
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Industry and Idleness
Plate 9
The Idle 'Prentice
Betrayed by a Prostitute
t


"The Complete Works of William Hogarth"
(Mackenzie, London, 1870)

Sheet size: 8 3/4 x 12 1/4 inches
engraving on steel

Condition: Very Good/Excellent
—extremely light foxing in margins

(note: entire sheet is too large to scan)

$15

impeached
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Industry and Idleness
Plate 10
The Industrious 'Prentice Alderman of London,
The Idle One Impeach'd before him by his Accomplice


"The Complete Works of William Hogarth"
(Mackenzie, London, 1870)

Sheet size: 8 3/4 x 12 1/4 inches
engraving on steel

Condition: Very Good/Excellent
—extremely light foxing in margins

(note: entire sheet is too large to scan)

$15

execution
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Industry and Idleness
Plate 11
The Idle 'Prentice
Executed at Tyburn
t


"The Complete Works of William Hogarth"
(Mackenzie, London, 1870)

Sheet size: 8 3/4 x 12 1/4 inches
engraving on steel

Condition: Very Good/Excellent
—extremely light foxing in margins

(note: entire sheet is too large to scan)

$15

LORD MAYOR
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Industry and Idleness
Plate 12
The Industrious 'Prentice
Lord Mayor of London
t


"The Complete Works of William Hogarth"
(Mackenzie, London, 1870)

Sheet size: 8 3/4 x 12 1/4 inches
engraving on steel

Condition: Very Good/Excellent
—some foxing in right outer margin, mild grubiness to margins

(note: entire sheet is too large to scan)

$15

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