William Hogarth, A Rake’s Progress Plate 6, The Gaming House
A hand colored engraving from Hogarth’s 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 1797. The expert coloring was done undoubtedly in the first half of the 19th century or possibly at the time of issue.
Tom inherits a fortune from his miserly father – but then follows a path to vice and destruction. This scene shows Tom’s anger at having lost his fortune while a fire breaks out above, two count their loot,a highway man sits by the fireplace, a man kicks over a chair and the night watchman enters to raise an alarm about the fire.
The over all appearance is very good with strong colors. Framed and matted most of the mild blemishes would be unnoticeable. Full sheet
17" X 22.75" sheet size, 14" X 16.75 plate size