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Title

A rake's progress: plate 3

1735

Artist

William Hogarth

England

10 Nov 1697 - 25 or 26 October 1764

  • 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    William Hogarth

    Artist profile

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  • 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

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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