The industrious 'prentice, a favourite, and entrusted by his master [graphic] / design'd & engrav'd by Wm. Hogarth.
[London] [Wm. Hogarth] publish'd according to act of Parliament, Sep. 30, 1747
1 print : etching with engraving on laid paper ; sheet 26.5 x 24.8 cm
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 3, no. 2926 Paulson, R. Hogarth's graphic works (3rd ed.), no. 171
Title etched above image. Series title "Industry and idleness", state, and publisher from Paulson. "Plate 4"--Below frame, centered. Caption in decoration centered in lower edge of frame, quote from "Matthew Chap. XXV. Ve. 21": Well done thou good and faithfull servant, thou hast been faithfull over a few things. I will make thee ruler over many things. Sheet trimmed within plate mark. Purchased from John Grant, Ltd., Edinburgh; August 1940; £20 Kinnaird lot. With Kinnaird bookplate; disbound at Yale. Formerly owned by Charles Kinnaird, 8th Lord Kinnaird of Inchture (1780-1826).
In the weaving shop ont he right Mr. West stands with the apprentice Goodchild on a raised platform, his arm resting casually on the young man's shoulder. Goodchild holds the "Day Book", a purse, and a set of keys. The two gloves on the desk are shown clasping, symbolic of the relationship between the two men. On the left a porter wearing the coat-of-arms of the City of London enters the shop carrying rolls of cloth. The porter has a large carbuncular nose. His dog bares its teeth at the shop cat who hisses back, back arched. In the background workers sit at the looms and spinning wheels; attached to the desk is a calendar from the "London Almanack". The left of the frame is decorated with a scourge, manacles and a hangman's rope; on the right frame hang the mace of the City of London, the alderman's gold chain and a sword of state.
Industrious apprentice a favourite and entrusted by his master Industry and idleness. Plate 4.
Apprentices Cats Dogs Kinnaird, Charles Kinnaird, Baron, 1780-1826 Looms Parables Porters Supervisors Textile industry Weaving
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