William HogarthA Rake's Progress (plate 7) 1735

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Artist
William Hogarth (1697‑1764)
Title
A Rake's Progress (plate 7)
Date 1735
MediumEtching and engraving on paper
Dimensionsimage: 318 x 387 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Transferred from the reference collection 1973
Reference
T01793
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T01793 [from] A Rake's Progress 1735 [T01789-T01794;incomplete]

Six plates from a series of eight, etching and engraving, various sizes
Transferred from the reference collection 1973

PROVENANCE Unknown

The eight paintings for the series are now in Sir John Soane's Museum. They were Hogarth's second series of ‘modern moral subjects’ and were painted soon after the publication of ‘A Harlot's Progress’ in 1732. The subscription for the prints after them began in late 1733, but Hogarth delayed publication until 25 June 1735, the day the Engravers' Copyright Act became law. Even so, pirated copies had already appeared by that time. The set cost two guineas, but Hogarth had also a smaller and cheaper set, copied by Thomas Bakewell and costing 2s 6d, published soon after. The original copperplates were sold by Quaritch in 1921 and are now in a private collection… (read more)

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