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The Prodigal Sifted

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1870,1008.2897

  • Title (object)

    • The Prodigal Sifted
  • Description

    Parents sieving their son surrounded by scenes of gambling, duelling, drinking, smoking, brothel, sickness and jail, in the margins. 1677; this impression c.1740
    Etching, reworked with the burin

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1740s
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 197 millimetres
    • Width: 306 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title, text within image, text above image and publication line: " Sold by Robert Walton at the Globe & Compasses at ye. West End of St. Paules. Now Sold by W. Dicey in Bow-Church-Yard, Cheapside, London".
  • Curator's comments

    See Sheila O'Connell, 'The Popular Print in England', BM 1999, cat. 4.10, pp. 76-77 and M.Jones 'THe Print in Early Modern England: An Historical Oversight', New Haven and London, 2010, pp.195-196.
    See Term Catalogues:
    (1) July 1677 p.282, 'The Prodigal Sifted, or the lewd life and lamentable end of idle, profuse and extravagant persons, emblematically set forth ... Price black and white 3d, and coloured 6d. Sold by R.Walton at the Globe and Compasses in St Paul's Churchyard'.
    (2) November 1679, p.372: a print of the same title was offered for sale by John Overton.

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  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIc Mounted Roy)

  • Exhibition history

    2000 Oct-Dec, Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, Popular Print in England
    2001 Feb-Apr, Glasgow, Hunterian AG, Popular Print in England
    2001 Apr-June, Manchester, Whitworth AG, Popular Print in England
    2001 June-Aug, Bradford, Cartwright Hall, Popular Print in England

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1870

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1870,1008.2897

Parents sieving their son surrounded by scenes of gambling, duelling, drinking, smoking, brothel, sickness and jail, in the margins. 1677; this impression c.1740  Etching

Parents sieving their son surrounded by scenes of gambling, duelling, drinking, smoking, brothel, sickness and jail, in the margins. 1677; this impression c.1740 Etching

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