The Prodigal Son Taking Leave. He gathered all together and took his journey into a far country St. Luke Ch. XV.verse 13. Plate 1.[&] The Prodigal Son Revelling with Harlots, He wasted his substance with riotous living. St. Luke ChXV verse 13. Plate 2. [&] The Prodigal Son in Misery, He fain would have filled his belly with the husks the swine did eat. St. Luke Ch. XV verse 16. Plate 3. [&] The Prodigal Son returned home reclaimed, Father I have sinned against heaven, and in they sight and am no more worthy to be called the son. Plate 4.
Printed for & Sold by Carington Bowles, No.69 St Paul's Church Yard, London. Published as the Act directs 1792.
Set of four mezzotints. 350 x 250mm. A fine matching set in modern frames.
Depicting the parable of the Prodigal Son in late 18th century England, where the Protestant interpretation of the parable required the son to repent, and be worthy of his father's forgiveness. He would consequently be forgiven by God. 1. The hall of a country-house. A waiting coach with two servants is seen through the open door (right). A young man in riding-dress takes leave of his mother. A weeping young woman (left) and the father (right) complete the group. A carpet and pilastered walls give an impression of luxury. Numbered 618. 2. The young man sits on a sofa, his arm round a courtesan. Another (right) leans on her elbows on the back of a chair, tilting it against a square card-table, on which are cards, dice, decanters of 'Burgundy' and 'Hock', &c. A cocked hat, a mask, two tickets for a 'Masquerade', and a 'Cock fighting' advertisement lie on the floor. On the sofa is a domino. On the wall are two sporting prints: a prize fight, and horses passing the winning-post. Between them is an oval miniature of a man (bust portrait). The room is luxuriously furnished. Numbered 619. 3. The young man, ragged and melancholy, sits outside a pigsty holding some of the pea-pods from a heap, at which two pigs are guzzling. Behind is a large tree, and (right) a distant village church. Numbered 620. 4. The young man, dressed as in plate 3, advances towards his father who stands on the serpentine drive leading to his house, one corner of which can be seen on the left, with a figure of Fame poised on the corner of the roof. Behind the Prodigal, a servant in livery holds out shoes and stockings. Three women wait expectantly in a gateway. Numbered 621 Robert Dighton (1752 - 1814) was a draughtsman, well known for designs of satirical prints. Carington Bowles (1724 - 1793) was the son of John Bowles (q.v.), to whom he was apprenticed in 1741, and with whom he was in partnership as John Bowles & Son, at the Black Horse, Cornhill, London, from 1752 or 1753. He later took over the business of his uncle, Thomas Bowles II (q.v.) in St Paul's Churchyard. It has been assumed that Carington moved to St Paul's Churchyard in 1766.
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