n De Arte - Looking underneath: deconstruction in Hogarth's Industry and Idleness : research
|Article Title||Looking underneath: deconstruction in Hogarth's Industry and Idleness : research|
|© Publisher:||UNISA Press|
|Publication Date||Sep 2003|
|Pages||4 - 23|
In Hogarth's engraved series Industry and Idleness two young men from lower-class backgrounds are apprenticed to Mr West, a weaver. The first plate lays bare the two apprentices' marked difference in temperament: Francis Godchild works contentedly at his well-lit loom with his 'Prentice's Guide - a standard manual of instruction and advice for London apprentices in various trades - open on the floor below him. In the gloomy foreground Thomas Idle snores crassly at his loom, oblivious of his 'Prentice's Guide, which has apparently been reduced to tatters by the cat that now toys with the abandoned shuttle.
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