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2 William Hogarth Prints, The Rake’s Progress, The Prison plate 7 , the Mad House, plate 8

England Dated 1797

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London) Hand Colored Engraving

A Rake’s Progress tells the story of the fictional Tom Rakewell from a series of eight paintings completed in 1733. The first series of prints were issued in 1735. These are from the G.G. and J. Robinson edition dated 1797. This is for two matted and framed Hogarth hand colored engravings.

I have 4 more from the series unframed also for sale. Hogarth is best known a satirist of English society, especially the upper classes. The coloring is expertly done.

Literature: Plate 7 -Tom is an inmate of the Fleet, London’s infamous debtors’ prison. Many prisoners are pursuing hapless schemes in the hope of freedom. Beside Tom lies a rejected script he has written. An older man with a beard has dropped a sheet of paper on which he has proposed a scheme for paying ‘ye Debts of ye Nation’ (a reference to a scheme for paying the national debt put forward by Hogarth’s father). In the background another tries to make fools’ gold at a forge. Plate 8- Tom has sunk into despair, and is exhibiting the first signs of impending madness. The beer-boy harasses him for payment while the gaoler demands that his weekly bill is paid. Tom’s wife scolds him for having squandered her fortune. Sarah Young, visiting with their child, has fainted from distress at the scene.




Prints are in very good antique condition with good strong colors.


Frame - Height: 28.5" Length: 30.25"
Plate Impression - H 14" L 16 3/8"

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