In the final scene Tom is stripped of his clothes and reason, shackled and lying on the floor of Bethlem Hospital (Bedlam). A company of madmen surrounds him, all suffering from various delusions, while his devoted lover weeps by his side. In the background a pair of fashionable lady sightseers is entertained by the naked kin, urinating in cell 55.
Peter Raissis, Prints & drawings Europe 1500–1900, 2014
A rake's progress: the madhouse
etching and engraving
iii of 3 states
36.0 x 41.0 cm platemark; 37.6 x 43.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
Shown in 3 exhibitions
A Rake's Progress: Hogarth and Hockney, Rex Irwin Art Dealer, Woollahra, Mar 2006–Mar 2006
Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006
European prints and drawings 1500-1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 2014–02 Nov 2014