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Title

A rake's progress: plate 3


Artist

William Hogarth

England

10 Nov 1697 - 1764


About

Hogarth’s most exuberant scene is plate 3, depicting a long night of debauched revelry in the Rose Tavern, Drury Lane. The intoxicated group has already slashed the portraits of the Roman emperors on the wall, save that of Nero, the most depraved. A syphilitic prostitute (face patches are usually a tell-tale sign of venereal disease) slips her hand into Tom’s shirt while passing his fob watch to her accomplice seated behind. Across the table a squabbling pair spit gin into each other’s faces. The girl on the right strips down in preparation for her obscene performance in which she will pose and gyrate on the large platter that the porter is carrying through the door and about to place on the table.

Peter Raissis, Prints & drawings Europe 1500–1900, 2014


Details


Other Title

A rake's progress: the orgy


Date

1735


Media category

Print


Materials used

etching and engraving


Edition

iii of 3 states


Dimensions

36.0 x 41.0 cm platemark; 37.3 x 42.7 cm sheet


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 2006


Location

Not on display


Accession number

54.2006.3


Artist information

William Hogarth

Works in the collection

28


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Ronald Paulson, Hogarth's graphic works, New Haven, 1965, pp 89-98. nos 134, 139

Peter Raissis, Prints & drawings Europe 1500-1900, Sydney, 2014, p 76, col illus p 77, col illus p 78.