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 & fine mezzotints, with large margins. Platemark: 335 x 375mm (13¼ x 14¾") each.
A bare interior with a man sitting smoking at a table with a tankard at his elbow, his wife sitting with her head bowed 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, with a dog jumping up at him. Tattered clothes form curtains around a bed behind them. [&] A 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.
Chaloner Smith: 11. Ex collection of Christopher Lennox-Boyd. Ex Oettingen-Wallerstein Collection, Sotheby's 13/11/97.
[Ref: 36980] £620.00