The Miseries of Idleness. [&] The Comforts of Industry.
[London Publish'd Jany 20, 1790 by J.R. Smith No. 31 King Street Covent Garden.]
Pair of very rare mezzotints. Image 375 x 310mm (14¾ x 12¼"). Cut to image and around title; 'comforts' lad on album sheet. Some creasing.
A bare interior with a man sitting smoking at a table with a tankard at his elbow, his wife sitting listlessly with bowed head beside him, a little girl pawing at her skirts, a baby turning on a straw bed, its clothes in disarray, and a little boy gnawing on a bone in front of the table, next to a barrel, a dog jumping up at him, with tattered clothes forming curtains around a bed behind them; [&] Cottage interior with a man wearing a round-brimmed hat decorated with straw, returning home, holding his son's hand, and dropping some coins into his wife's apron, as she sits to right holding a sleeping baby, while a little girl sits on the floor with a doll, raising her arms to greet her brother.
[Ref: 26522] £240.00