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William Hogarth, A Rake’s Progress plate 1, The Heir

England 1796

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. This one is from the G.G. and J. Robinson edition dated 1796. The expert coloring was done undoubtedly in the first half of the 19th century or shortly after being issued.

Tom Rakewell has just inherited a fortune following the death of his miserly father, whose house is now yielding up its hoarded wealth. Tom attempts to pay off a servant girl, Sarah Young – her gold ring revealing an earlier, now retracted, promise of marriage. Behind Tom, an inheritance lawyer steals gold coins, while an upholsterer attaching fabric to the walls finds a hiding place for money which tumbles out servants find hidden treasures in the fireplace and money behind wall hangings. A starved cat looks for food in a chest full of silver.




Very good+ antique condition, most of the normal blemishes will be hidden by your matting.


17" X 22" sheet size, 14" X 16" plate size

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