A Rake’s Progress is the satirical tale of a lad who inherits his father’s fortune and seduces and gambles his way to a lunatics asylum. Note the lesson, you young London dandies. Hogarth loved to place his stories in real London settings — and so as the Foundling Museum marks 250 years since his death with three artists' contemporary responses, we sent our photographer Alexey Moskvin to explore the progress of Hogarth's city itself...
Plate 4 of William Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress, 1735: Looking towards St James’s Palace from King Street junction
Plate 3, The Rose Tavern: Now the Drury Lane theatre, on the corner of Russell Street and Catherine Street
Gin Lane, 1751: Today’s view of St George’s Bloomsbury Church
Beer Street, 1751: The view today of St Martin-in-the-Fields from Villiers Street
Plate 7 of A Rake’s Progress: Now an office building, viewed from Old Seasonal lane
Progress is at the Foundling Museum to 7 September
Photographs copyright Alexey Moskvin