Industry. [&] Indolence.Dedicated to the Young Ladies [parallel text in French]
Publish'd as the Act directs Oct.r 31 1781 by G. Carter Margaret Street. Cavendish Square.
Pair of rare & scarce mezzotints. Each c.260 x 190mm (10¼ x 7½"). Both with old folds above publication line, 'Indolence' with more damage in margins.
Industry: a young woman knitting. Indolence: a woman sits outisde in the cold, clasping her feet to her for warmth. The two prints followed in the tradition of didactic art which Hogarth (in series such as 'Industry and Idleness') had used so masterfully. The painter, George Carter (bap.1737-d.1794), was baptised in Colchester, Essex before moving to London. He travelled to Rome with John Singleton Copley (although there they parted, and Copley later described Carter as ‘a sort of snail which crawled over a man in his sleep, and left its slime and no more’). After exhibiting regularly at the Royal Academy in the 1770s, Carter's apparent lack of success led him to travel more in later years, visiting Gibraltar, Russia and India.
Ex Collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd
[Ref: 38363] £320.00