In a Spitalfields silk weaver's shop two contrasting apprentices, Tom Idle, asleep, and Francis Goodchild, engrossed …

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In a Spitalfields silk weaver's shop two contrasting apprentices, Tom Idle, asleep, and Francis Goodchild, engrossed in his work, sit at their looms overseen by their master. Engraving by Thomas Cook after William Hogarth, 1749. On the ground are two copies of "The prentice's guide". One is in a dishevelled state while the other is mint. Above the sleeping apprentice is a ballad slip inscribed "Moll Flanders", while behind the industrious apprentice is a broadside inscribed "Whitington Ld Mayor! A large beer tankard rests on the unused loom and a cat toys with a spindle. Created 1 July 1795. Contributors: William Hogarth (1697–1764); Thomas Cook (approximately 1744–1818). Work ID: ef3tm5qr.

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