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A prodigal son returns to his family: his mother welcomes him back, but his father turns away, despite the pleas of his sister. Mezzotint by J. Scott, 1840, after E. Prentis.

  • Prentis, Edward, 1797-1854.
March 20th 1840
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About this work


On a wall hangs a large framed painting of the biblical prodigal son in a brothel. A piano holds the score of the song "Home sweet home", of which the music was composed in 1822 by Henry Bishop and the words by John Howard Payne. The housekeeper or other servant stands in the open doorway, gesticulating


London (96 Strand) : Published … by Ackermann & Comp.y printsellers and publishers to Her Majesty and Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent, March 20th 1840.

Physical description

1 print : mezzotint ; image 44.1 x 58.4 cm


The prodigal's return. Where there is yet shame, there may in time be virtue. From the original picture in the possession of Rob.t Napier Esq., Glasgow. Painted by Ed.d Prentis. Engraved by Ja.s Scott.


Wellcome Library no. 3162222i

Reproduction note

After a painting then in the possession of "Rob.t Napier Esq., Glasgow", presumably the Clydeside ship-builder of that name



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