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Lord Mayors / Hogarth

Industry and Idleness - the Lord Mayors Procession

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This striking 18th century print, titled "Industry and Idleness - The Lord Mayor's Procession" by the renowned British artist William Hogarth, depicts a lively scene of the annual Lord Mayor's Show in London. The procession, a grand tradition that dates back to medieval times, is shown in full swing as the newly elected Lord Mayor rides in a magnificent golden carriage, surrounded by the pageantry of the city's guilds and corporations. The print, created in the mid-1700s, offers a fascinating glimpse into the historical customs and social fabric of the time. The industrious are represented by the various tradespeople and artisans who line the streets, showcasing their wares and skills to the passing crowd. In contrast, idleness is personified by the figures loitering in the shop windows and in the streets, seemingly oblivious to the economic opportunities before them. The detailed and intricate composition of the print reflects Hogarth's mastery of the art of storytelling through visual imagery. The artist's use of color and light adds depth and dimension to the scene, while the inclusion of various signs and shop names adds authenticity and historical accuracy. The Lord Mayor's Show was a significant event in the social calendar, and this print provides a unique and captivating record of the spectacle and pageantry that would have been on display. The print also serves as a reminder of the importance of hard work and industry, and the potential consequences of idleness and neglect. Overall, "Industry and Idleness - The Lord Mayor's Procession" is a valuable historical document and an enduring work of art that continues to captivate and inspire viewers today.

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