William Hogarth

A Rake’s Progress (plate 5)


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William Hogarth 1697–1764
Etching and engraving on paper
Image: 314 × 391 mm
Transferred from the reference collection 1973

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T01792 [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


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. Louis Gérard Scotin (1690-after 1755) is thought to have assisted Hogarth with the engravings.

T01792 A Rake's Progress (Plate 5) 1735

Etching and engraving 314×389 (12 3/8×15 5/16) on paper 464×619 (18 1/4×24 3/8); plate-mark 359×411 (14 1/8×16 3/8)
Writing-engraving ‘Invented Painted & Engrav'd by Wm. Hogarth & Publish'd June y'. 25.1735. According to Act of Parliament|Plate 5.’ and ten-line verse caption

Paulson 1970, I, pp.166–7, no.136, II, pls.145–6

Third state. The Rake tries to recoup his fortune by marrying an old, rich woman. In the background, Sarah Young, who tries to stop the marriage, is being ejected from the church.

Published in:
Elizabeth Einberg and Judy Egerton, The Age of Hogarth: British Painters Born 1675-1709, Tate Gallery Collections, II, London 1988

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