Reading the Body: Physiognomics

 
Industry and Idleness, Plate II
Title Industry and Idleness
Plate II, The Industrious 'Prentice performing the Duty of a Christian
Artist William Hogarth
Date 1747 (reprinted 1822)
Medium Etching and Engraving from Drawings
Location The Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections, Northwestern University

Francis Goodchild's virtue is shown here to extend to religion. The master's daughter with whom he sings is endowed with the same simple, thus virtuous physiognomy, whereas the pew opener who sits with her back to the service has a face deformed by age and impiety.

 

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