Artwork from the JSP Estate/Private Collection

 

Nationality

English

Artist Dates

1697-1764

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Date of Work

1747

Medium

Etching and engraving

Edition #

James Heath Edition, 1822

Height

26 3/8"

Width

30 5/8"

Collection/Provenance

Art & Design Study Collection: James Smith Pierce Collection

Status

Stored: Location FF_006_A

Location

UND Art Collections Repository

Artist Bio

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.

Additional Information

William Hogarth’s prints comment on the social upheaval that English society experienced in the eighteenth century. In Industry and Idleness, Hogarth offers a moralizing tale supporting hard work as the means to get ahead. The series follows the exploits of two young workers—while the industrious apprentice would prosper and become the Lord Mayor of London, his idle friend would turn to a life of crime, culminating in the scene depicted here.

Displayed in Daumier Encore Exhibition at the Empire Arts Center, 2016

Condition

Very good

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