The IDLE 'PRENTICE Executed at Tyburn
Part of Daumier II Show
Plate II: of industry and idleness
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.
James Smith Pierce Collection
Displayed in Daumier Encore Exhibition at the Empire Arts Center, 2016
Tag: JSP Estate Collection