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A Rake's Progress - full set of engravings  

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A Rake's Progress

Hogarth, William





8 loose copperplate-engraved lifetime prints by Hogarth comprising the whole series after his own paintings. Impressions: 35.2x40.4 cm (13¾x16") on 44x56.5 cm (17¼x22¼") sheets. Prints affixed to poster board at top edges.

A Rake's Progress is a series of eight engravings after paintings by 18th-century English artist William Hogarth. The paintings were produced in 1732–34, then engraved in 1734 and published in print form in 1735. The series shows the decline and fall of Tom Rakewell, the spendthrift son and heir of a rich merchant, who comes to London, wastes all his money on luxurious living, prostitution and gambling, and as a consequence is imprisoned in the Fleet Prison and ultimately Bethlem Hospital (Bedlam). 


  • "O Vanity of Age, untoward, Ever Spleeny, ever Froward..."
  • "Prosperity, (with Harlot's smiles, Most pleasing when she most beguiles..."
  • "O Vanity of Youthful Blood, So by Misuse to poison Woman."
  • "Oh Vanity of Youthful Blood, So by Misuse to poison Good..."
  • "New to ye School of hard Mishap, What Shames will Nature not Embrace..."
  • "Gold, Thou bright Son of Phoebus, Source of Universal Intercourse..."
  • "Happy the Man, whose constant Thought (Tho in the School of Hardship taught)..."
  • "Madness, Thou Chaos of ye Brain, What art? That Pleasure  giv'st, and Pain..."


Lot Amendments

One or two hints of foxing to image areas, some soiling and light foxing around margins, occasional creasing in margins, light edgewear.

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