The industrious 'prentice Alderman of London, the idle one brought before him & impeach'd by his accomplice [graphic] / design'd & engraved by Wm. Hogarth.
[London] [Wm. Hogarth] publish'd according to act of Parliament, Sepbr. 30 1747
1 print : etching with engraving on laid paper ; plate mark 26.0 x 34.4 cm, on sheet 29.2 x 38.5 cm
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 3, no. 2980 Paulson, R. Hogarth's graphic works (3rd ed.), no. 177
Title engraved above image. State and publisher from Paulson. "Plate 10"--Below frame. Tenth plate in the series of twelve: "Industry and idleness." Two captions in decoration in lower edge of frame. On the left: "Psalm IX. Ver: 16. The Wicked is snar'd in the work of his own hands". On the right: "Leviticus Ch: XIX. Ve:15. Thous shall do no unrighteousness in Judgment." Sotheby's, F.E. Sotheby Sale, lot 215 (Hogarth 's works) to Maggs for W.S. Lewis; 21 November 1955; Acquisition no.: 955-11-21-53; Purchased as a bound collection of 97 prints with Sotheby bookplate; disbound January 1984. Formerly owned by Frederick Edward Sotheby of Ecton, Northants, 1837-1909.
Tom Idle is at the bar in a court of Justice, his hands bound, knees bent in supplication to Goodchild, now an alderman (signaled by the furred robe and gold chain of the office) serving as magistrate. Goodchild's hand shields his eyes as he turns away from Tom. Beside him a clerk is writing a letter "To the Turnkey of Newgate". On the left Tom's one-eyed accomplish is swearing evidence with his left hand instead of right hand as his female accomplice bribes the clerk behind his back. To Tom's left a fat beadle comforts Tom's weeping mother. A row of fire buckets hang from the rafters. The right of the frame is decorated with a scourge, manacles and a hangman's rope; on the left frame hang the mace of the City of London, the alderman's gold chain and a sword of state.
Industrious apprentice Alderman of London, the idle one brought before him & impeach'd by his accomplic Industry and idleness. Plate 10.
Bribery Criminals Judges Judicial proceedings Mothers Parables Perrins, Charles William Dyson, 1864-1958 Pleading (Begging) Sotheby, Frederick Edward, 1837-1909 Steevens, George, 1736-1800 Weeping
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