The Idle 'Prentice Turn'd Away, and Sent to Sea William Hogarth Buy Art Prints Now
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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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Hogarth was known for his ability to paint what was in his mind. He was good at exposing the stains in society using art. Hogarth lived in a time when urbanization influenced most paintings.

These included paintings that he did. Most paintings that were done by this artist had objects such as windmills and wind turbines. These were as a result of growth and urbanization. One picture that fits the profile is The Idle 'Prentice Turn'd Away and Sent to Sea. The Idle 'Prentice Turn'd Away, and Sent to Sea by William Hogarth. The painting is a series of the infamous industry and idleness that was done by William Hogarth. The picture features a crew that is on a small boat trying to get to land. The team on the small boat are getting away from something.

The irony of the paint, however, is the fact that only one man is rowing the boat. The character enjoys his cigar minus worry. The other crew members might be arguing about the chest that is in the middle of the boat. The cause of the argument is the Prentice. Other paintings that have been done by the artist describe Prentice as a greedy person. These actions support the thought that the Prentice caused the argument since he is greedy.

The painting features hidden symbols that are scattered all over the picture. For instance, in the background of the painting, we can see a hanged man. This object is not visible unless one is zoomed in at the piece of art. The hanging man might be a point of reference that one of the men on the boat is pointing. The image on the background is a scarecrow or a hanged culprit. The painting features a piece of writing that is floating on the water. The contents of the script are unknown. However, the title is visible. The note is titled This Indenture. The last object that has a hidden writing is the chest that is titled.

There are numerous objects and symbols in the painting. These have drawn many conclusions from the various analysis. The presence of ropes in the picture is a sign of betrayal of Christ. The presence of numerous windmills in the piece of art is a sign of industrialization. This is a sign that the weather around the region was windy and cloudy. The artist also exhibits professionalism by his ability to bring out the pattern of the waves.