The Sound of a shaken Leaf shall Chace him

(Leviticus  XXVI, 36)

Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). The Idle ‘Prentice return’d from Sea, & in a Garret with a common Prostitute. Seeing things. Especially if mice hush over the floor and the cat jumps off the chimney. Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: Design’d by Wm. Hogarth / Plate 7 / Engrav’d by T. Cook. / Published by T. Cook No. 11 Little Britain. & G. G. & I. Robinsons No. 25. Pater-Noster Row, Octr. 1st. 1795. 11⅛ × 14⅜ in (28.2 × 36.5 cm).

William Hogarth, Tom Idle seeing Things (Cook)

Industry & Idleness VII. – Marvelous impression of fine chiaroscuro on strong paper and – contrary to all later Hogarth editions – in the original size. – Cook “made his mark as Hogarth engraver, too” (Thieme-Becker). – Faint tidemark in the wide white paper margin. There, too, foxing somewhat affecting the platemark.

“ What shall be hanged will not drown and therefore Tom Idle luckily escaped the dangers of the sea to devote himself to the honourable profession of robbery. The last day’s result of which he just spread on the bed of a wicked concubine. It does not appear that he will find much sleep. A cat falls … from the chimney … into the poor dwelling and devil’s noise caused by this terrifies him as if he would see the last day arrive … ”

(caption of a lithograph).

The master’s famous, most popular suite, showing by example of two apprentices in a weaving mill as one of the main branches of industry in his days the chances of their life as well as the temptations detrimental to their career :

Calculated  for  the  use & Instruction  of  youth
w(h)erein  every  thing  necessary  to  be  known  was  to  be  made
as  intelligible  as  possible

(Hogarth in his Autobiographical Notes).

“ The scenes should be as easily intelligible as possible for which the engravings had not to be worked in all fineness. It was rather important to keep costs low so that even apprentices could buy these sheets. Hogarth designed a frame-like border around each picture – supposedly he assumed that the boys would pin up these engravings directly at the wall. In this border below every scene he had added a characteristic verse from the Bible to the idle and (or) industrious apprentice … at top on the one hand a cat-o-’nine-tails, a pair of fetters, and a halter as emblems of the tragic end of the idle apprentice and on the other hand golden chain, sword and mace as hints to the career of the industrious one ”

(Bachofen-Moser, William Hogarth in the Art Gallery Zurich, 1983, p. 98).

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– – – The same, but with only fine paper margin around the platemark. At the top a tiny tear in the paper margin backed acid-freely. – Of fine contrast.

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– – – The same in Hogarth’s own etching in an impression from the plate retouched by the royal engraver James Heath (1757 London 1834) about 1822 (“Even these impressions have become relatively rare today though”, Art Gallery Esslingen 1970; and Meyers Konv.-Lex., 4th ed., VIII [1888], 625: “A fine edition”, esteemed also already by contemporary collectors of the rank of for instance an A. T. Stewart [Catalog of the Stewart Collection, New York 1887, 1221, “fine plates”]). Inscribed: Design’d & Engrav’d by Wm. Hogarth. / Plate 7 / Publish’d according to Act of Parliamt. Sep. 30. 1747. 10½ × 13¾ in (26.8 × 34.9 cm).

William Hogarth, Tom Idle seeing Things

Illustration Hogarth Catalogue Zurich, 1983, 59. – On wide-margined sturdy paper.

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William Hogarth, Tom Idle seeing Things (Cook small)

– – – The same in Cook’s smaller repetition, but without verse and marginal emblems and with the series title as caption. Inscribed: Pl. VII. / Hogarth pinxt. / T. Cook sculpt. / Published by Longman , Hurst, Rees, & Orme, Novr. 1st. 1807. Subject size 5¼ × 6¾ in (13.3 × 17.2 cm). – Trimmed within the wide white platemark.

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William Hogarth, Tom Idle seeing Things (Industry + Idleness VII; Riepenhausen)

– – – The same in engraving by Ernst Ludwig Riepenhausen (1765 Göttingen 1840, university engraver there). Inscribed: 33. / W. Hogarth inv. / Pl. 7. / R. f. 8¾ × 11 in (22.3 × 27.9 cm). – Early impression. – Riepenhausen’s engravings after Hogarth (“very estimable”, Nagler) belong to his chief work and are partly even preferred to Hogarth’s own engravings.

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William Hogarth, Tom Idle seeing Things (Industry + Idleness VII; Riepenhausen)

– – – The same by Riepenhausen as before, but on especially strong paper, supposedly about 1850. – Of fine contrast.

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– – – The same by Riepenhausen as before, but on slightly toned minor paper. – A bit dull.

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William Hogarth, Tom Idle seeing Things (Industry + Idleness VII; lithograph)

– – – The same in lithography by C. F. Heintz. (1833/36.) Inscribed: 37. / Lith. von C. F. Heintz 1833. 9¼ × 10⅛ in (23.5 × 25.7 cm). – Weakly browned. – Old backings of the wide left paper margin. – Title – Faulhans ist von der See zurück und bei einem ganz gemeinen Mädchen – and extensive caption à la Lichtenberg in German.

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– – – The same in steel engraving about 1840. 5¼ × 6⅜ in (13.5 × 16.1 cm). – With title in German + English, but without verse and marginal emblems.

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further single sujets from the set available in various qualities

“ I am pleased to inform you that I received the book in good order and it is very beautiful, I have looked at it now many times and it is very useful for my studies. ”

(Mevr. E. E., June 29, 2002)