Artist: HOGARTH, William.Engraved by COOK, T.
The Idle’Prentice at Play in the Church Yard, during Divine Service.
In the Idle’Prentice, Tom Idle has neglected participation at the service in favour of gambling in the graveyard beside the church. The game actually takes place upon a grave and under Tom’s reclining form the words, ‘Here’, ‘Body’ and ‘Of’, are visible. Thus the Idle Apprentice may very well be sitting upon his own grave.
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Copper engraving. Hand coloured. Very good condition. Tear to top left hand corner of the margin though not affecting the image. Sheet size: 53 x 34 cm Size: 36.2 x 28.2 cm. (14 x 11 inches)