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William Hogarth "Industry and Idleness". Full set. 1822

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William Hogarth "Industry and Idleness". Full set. 1822

This is an excellent complete set of the twelve engravings, “Industry and Idleness", by William Hogarth. More photographs of this set are available on request.

William Hogarth (1697–1764) was an English painter, printmaker and satirist. He was highly successful in his lifetime and his work is considered important now, notably as a social commentary on the age he lived in. His house in Chiswick, west London, is now a museum devoted to the life and work of its former owner.

He produced several sets of prints known as “modern moral subjects", among them “The Rake’s Progress", “The Harlot’s Progress", “Beer Street and Gin Lane", “Marriage ŕ-la-Mode", and the set offered here, “Industry and Idleness".

The plates of “Industry and Idleness" were made in 1747. The pictures tell the contrasting stories of two apprentices, one hard-working and the other indolent. The first is rewarded for his virtue, becoming mayor of London. The second ends his days on the Tyburn scaffold for his crimes.

This set comes from the folio edition of Hogarth’s work published by Baldwin, Cradock & Joy in 1822. After Hogarth’s death in 1764, his printing plates passed to his wife Jane, and then on her death in 1789, to her cousin Mary Lewis. Mary Lewis sold them to the publisher John Boydell, and then in 1818 they were bought in auction by Baldwin, Cradock & Joy. The plates, by that time presumably quite worn, were restored by the engraver James Heath and subsequently re-published.

The condition is very good. These prints are mounted (matted).

These are genuine antique prints, nearly 200 years old. They are not reproductions.

Please note that the digital watermark on the photographs here is NOT on the original prints.

Artist: William Hogarth (English 1697–1764)
Printmaker: William Hogarth, the plates restored by James Heath (English 1757–1834)
Type of print: Engravings, set of 12
Publication details: “The Works of William Hogarth from the Original Plates Restored by James Heath, Esq., R.A.; With the Addition of Many Subjects Not Before Collected: To Which is Prefixed, a Biographical Essay on the Genius and Productions of Hogarth, and Explanations on the Subjects of the Plates by John Nichols, Esq., F.S.A. London". 1822. Folio published by Baldwin, Cradock & Joy. Printed by Nichols and Son.

Dimensions: Plates 1 to 10: Size of image (including inscription) 10.25" by 13.25" / size of plate 10.5" by 13.75" Plates 11 and 12: Size of image (including inscription) 10.5" by 15.75" / size of plate 10.75" by 16"

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