Date of Work
Art & Design Study Collection
UND Art Collections Repository
William Hogarth was an English artist born in 1697 in London. Hogarth became a silversmith apprentice at an early age but became frustrated with the poor instruction and later moved on to study at a private drawing school in St. Martin's Lane. He is best known for his"modern moral subjects," or small portrait series that involved a great degree of satirical remarks about political and contemporary customs. Works by Hogarth can be found in the permanent collections of the Tate Museum, the National Gallery of Art and many others internationally.
William Hogarth’s prints serve as social commentary on 18th century English society. This work is from the Industry and Idleness series, in which Hogarth depicts the exploits of two young workers and the value of hard work. While the industrious apprentice's effort results in his being appointed the Lord-Mayor of London, his idle friend turns to a life of crime, culminating in the scene depicted here.
Scriptural Text on ornate shield beneath main image: Proverbs Chapter 3, verse 10: "Length of days is in her right hand, and her left hand Riches and Honour." Lower Right Bottom of Image: Published accordingly let of Parliament Sept 30 1747. Lower Left Bottom of Image: Designed & Engraved by Wm Hogarth. Verso: Stamp Cleveland College Library [Center].