Francis Goodchild, now Sheriff of London, and his wife, framed by a sword and mace, preside over a grand banquet. Sitting at a table in the foreground various dignitaries gorge themselves contrasting with the poor petitioners waiting at the door. Engraving by Thomas Cook after William Hogarth, 1796.

  • Hogarth, William, 1697-1764.
1 February 1796
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Paulson writes: [R. Paulson: Hogarth's graphic works, London 1989, p. 134.] "The scene may be meant for the banqueting hall at the Guildhall, but the statue of [Sir William] Walworth, [Lord Mayor] was in the hall of the Fishmonger's Company". Over the seats of honour hangs a portrait of William III


[London] (Islington) : T. Cook ; [London] (Pater-noster Row) : G.G. & J. Robinson, 1 February 1796.

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1 print : engraving, with etching ; image 19.9 x 28 cm.


The industious 'prentice grown rich, & Sheriff of London. plate 8. designed by Wm. Hogarth. engraved by T. Cook. Proverbs ch: IV. ver: 7,8. With all thy getting get understanding exalt her and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee honour, when thou dost embrace her Lettering within the print

References note

R. Paulson, Hogarth's graphic works, London 1989, 3rd edition, related to 175
British Museum Catalogue of political and personal satires, London 1877, vol. 3, no. 2963


Wellcome Collection 38374i



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