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The South Sea scheme

The South Sea scheme

Print shows Fortune, Honesty, and Honor being mutilated and beaten amid a crowd of unfortunate investors in the South Sea investment scandal. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

Royalty, episcopy, and law

Royalty, episcopy, and law

This print was designed by Hogarth as a satire on the government of his time. Royalty, episcopy and law appear on the three thrones. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

The lottery

The lottery

This print was designed by William Hogarth as an emblematic representation of the chances of fate or fortune. The engraved postscript explains the figures. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

The seraglio (vol. I, pl. 18)

The seraglio (vol. I, pl. 18)

Hogarth's first major commission for book illustrations was for Aubry de la Motraye's "Travels." Hogarth took only the costumes and created his own poses. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

The funeral of Chrysostom

The funeral of Chrysostom

One of six illustrations for a projected Spanish language edition of Don Quixote that Hogarth and other illustrators were asked to submit by Tonson, the publisher of the work. This print illustrates the scene w... More

Freeing of the galley slaves

Freeing of the galley slaves

One of six illustrations for a projected Spanish language edition of Don Quixote that Hogarth and other illustrators were asked to submit by Tonson, the publisher of the work. Don Quixote is freeing convicts in... More

Quixote being cared for by the innkeeper's wife and daughter

Quixote being cared for by the innkeeper's wife and daughter

One of six illustrations for a projected Spanish language edition of Don Quixote that Hogarth and other illustrators were asked to submit by Tonson, the publisher of the work. The innkeeper's wife and daughter ... More

Don Quixote and the Knight of the Rock

Don Quixote and the Knight of the Rock

One of six illustrations for a projected Spanish language edition of Don Quixote that Hogarth and other illustrators were asked to submit by Tonson, the publisher of the work. Chance directs Don Quixote and San... More

The curate and barber disguising themselves

The curate and barber disguising themselves

One of six illustrations for a projected Spanish language edition of Don Quixote that Hogarth and other illustrators were asked to submit by Tonson, the publisher of the work. Two of Don Quixote's neighbors are... More

The adventures of Mambrino's helmet

The adventures of Mambrino's helmet

One of six illustrations for a projected Spanish language edition of Don Quixote that Hogarth and other illustrators were asked to submit by Tonson, the publisher of the work. Don Quixote is shown at the moment... More

Taste, or the Burlington Gate

Taste, or the Burlington Gate

Satire on Alexander Pope's "Epistle to Burlington" in which he praises Lord Burlington's architectural taste. The gate of Burlington House, Piccadilly, surmounted by statues of William Kent, Raphael and Michela... More

A chorus of singers

A chorus of singers

This print as originally made as a subscription ticket for "A Midnight Modern Conversation." Seventeen men and boys rehearsing William Huggins's oratorio "Judith". Courtesy of Boston Public Library

A harlot's progress, plate 2

A harlot's progress, plate 2

A lavishly furnished bedroom. Moll distracts her wealthy protector by exposing a breast and at the same time tipping over a tea-table so that her lover can slip quietly out of the room. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

A harlot's progress, plate 4

A harlot's progress, plate 4

Bridewell prison with inmates (including prostitutes and a card-player) beating hemp under the supervision of a warder holding a cane. Moll is still dressed in her finery, but a one-eyed female attendant finger... More

A harlot's progress, plate 5

A harlot's progress, plate 5

A squalid room where Moll Hackabout, wrapped in a sheet, is dying while two doctors (Richard Rock and Jean Misaubin) argue over their remedies. Her serving-woman calls for attention for the invalid, another wom... More

A harlot's progress, plate 6

A harlot's progress, plate 6

A dilapidated room with Moll's friends, mostly prostitutes, gathered around her open coffin. To left, a clergyman gropes beneath a woman's skirt, to right, the undertaker pays court to another who picks a handk... More

A harlot's progress, plate 3

A harlot's progress, plate 3

A shabby room in Drury Lane. Moll is rising late, attended by a serving-woman who has lost part of her nose to syphilis in the background, the magistrate, John Gonson, enters quietly with officers to arrest her... More

A harlot's progress, plate 1

A harlot's progress, plate 1

A scene outside the Bell Inn; a country girl, Moll Hackabout, just arrived on the York Wagon, meets an extravagantly dressed bawd (Mother Needham). A clergyman on horseback fails to notice the encounter, but a ... More

A midnight modern conversation

A midnight modern conversation

A drinking scene with eleven men in a paneled room around a table on which is a punch-bowl decorated with Chinese figures; wine bottles on the floor and mantelpiece and an overflowing chamber pot at lower right... More

Southwark Fair (or the humours of a fair)

Southwark Fair (or the humours of a fair)

Fairground with attractions including theatrical booths (Ciber [sic] and Bullock's collapsing on the left, and Lee and Harper's in the center), china shop, rope dancer and rope-flyer, quack doctor, peep show, c... More

A midnight modern conversation

A midnight modern conversation

A drinking scene with eleven men in a paneled room around a table on which is a punch-bowl decorated with Chinese figures; wine bottles on the floor and mantelpiece and an overflowing chamber pot at lower right... More

The laughing audience (or a pleased audience)

The laughing audience (or a pleased audience)

This print as originally made as a subscription ticket for "A Rake's Progress" and "Southwark Fair." An audience of men and women in a theatre pit, all but one man laughing uproariously. Above them in a box, tw... More

A rake's progress, plate 1

A rake's progress, plate 1

The Jacobean interior of the house of Tom Rakewell's late father with Tom being measured for a suit as he gives a handful of coins to the pregnant Sarah Young. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

A rake's progress, plate 2

A rake's progress, plate 2

A fashionable interior with Tom, in elegant indoor dress. He is surrounded by tradespeople and servants. In the image are a gardener, dancing master, jockey holding a trophy for the race at Epsom, and fencing m... More

A rake's progress, plate 1

A rake's progress, plate 1

The Jacobean interior of the house of Tom Rakewell's late father with Tom being measured for a suit as he gives a handful of coins to the pregnant Sarah Young. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

A rake's progress, plate 7

A rake's progress, plate 7

A room in the Fleet Prison. Tom sits at a table while his wife clenches her fists and the jailer asks for garnish money. To left, Sarah Young has fainted and is being administered smelling salts by one woman wh... More

A rake's progress, plate 2

A rake's progress, plate 2

A fashionable interior with Tom, in elegant indoor dress. He is surrounded by tradespeople and servants, such as his gardener, dancing and fencing master. To the side is a musician seated at the harpsichord. Th... More

A rake's progress, plate 5

A rake's progress, plate 5

Interior of the dilapidated church of St. Marylebone where Tom is marrying a one-eyed, wealthy old woman. In the background Sarah Young attempts to enter with her child. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

A rake's progress, plate 7

A rake's progress, plate 7

A room in the Fleet Prison. Tom sits at a table while his wife clenches her fists and the jailer asks for garnish money. To left, Sarah Young has fainted and is being administered smelling salts by one woman wh... More

A rake's progress, plate 5

A rake's progress, plate 5

Interior of the dilapidated church of St. Marylebone where Tom is marrying a one-eyed, wealthy old woman. In the background Sarah Young attempts to enter with her child. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

A rake's progress, plate 6

A rake's progress, plate 6

Interior of a gambling house in Covent Garden where Tom has fallen, raving, on one knee having lost his money at dice. Behind him a chaotic group of gamblers, most of whom fail to notice that flames and smoke a... More

A rake's progress, plate 4

A rake's progress, plate 4

A scene in St James's Street with Tom emerging from a sedan-chair to be arrested for debt. Sarah Young drops her seamstress's box as she offers a purse of money to reprieve her former lover. Courtesy of Boston ... More

A rake's progress, plate 6

A rake's progress, plate 6

Interior of a gambling house in Covent Garden where Tom has fallen, raving, on one knee having lost his money at dice. Behind him a chaotic group of gamblers, most of whom fail to notice that flames and smoke a... More

A rake's progress, plate 3

A rake's progress, plate 3

A room at the Rose Tavern, Drury Lane. To left, Tom, surrounded by prostitutes and clearly drunk, sprawls on a chair with his foot on the table. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

A rake's progress, plate 4

A rake's progress, plate 4

A scene in St James's Street with Tom emerging from a sedan-chair to be arrested for debt. Sarah Young drops her seamstress's box as she offers a purse of money to reprieve her former lover. Courtesy of Boston ... More

A rake's progress, plate 3

A rake's progress, plate 3

A room at the Rose Tavern, Drury Lane. To left, Tom, surrounded by prostitutes and clearly drunk, sprawls on a chair with his foot on the table. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

After

After

After the seduction; the young man pulls up his breeches while the young woman clings to his arm; on the wall a picture entitled "After" with cupid pointing to a spent firework; on the floor a broken looking-gl... More

Before

Before

A seduction scene with a young woman fending off the advances of a vigorous young man who pulls her towards a bed; on the wall a picture entitled "Before" with cupid lighting a firework. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

The company of undertakers

The company of undertakers

A mock coat-of-arms with fifteen heads of doctors, three of whom, in the upper division, are identified as John Taylor, Sarah Mapp, and Joshua Ward. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

Scholars at a lecture

Scholars at a lecture

Oxford scholars, portrayed as an assemblage of heads wearing square-topped, round cloth and felt hats and expressing varieties of boredom, listening to a reader in a lectern at lower right. Courtesy of Boston P... More

Noon

Noon

Scene in St Giles's-in-the-Fields with an elegant crowd leaving the French Huguenot church contrasted with rowdy Londoners outside a tavern with the sign of the Good Woman (one without a head). In the foregroun... More

Strolling actresses dressing in a barn

Strolling actresses dressing in a barn

Nine actresses and four child actors dressed as classical deities preparing for a performance; among props and costumes are kittens playing with an orb and lyre, a monkey urinating in a helmet and a baby being ... More

Night

Night

Scene near Charing Cross with le Sueur's equestrian statue of Charles I in the background and celebrations of the anniversary of the Restoration of Charles II (29 May, known as "Oak Apple Day"). In the foregrou... More

Night

Night

Scene near Charing Cross with le Sueur's equestrian statue of Charles I in the background and celebrations of the anniversary of the Restoration of Charles II (29 May, known as "Oak Apple Day"). In the foregrou... More

Night

Night

Scene near Charing Cross with le Sueur's equestrian statue of Charles I in the background and celebrations of the anniversary of the Restoration of Charles II (29 May, known as "Oak Apple Day"). In the foregrou... More

Noon

Noon

Scene in St Giles's-in-the-Fields with an elegant crowd leaving the French Huguenot church contrasted with rowdy Londoners outside a tavern with the sign of the Good Woman (one without a head). In the foregroun... More

Evening

Evening

Scene at Sadler's Wells Theater with a dyer and his wife walking with their dog beside the New River. The wife holds a fan with a design of Venus and Adonis, the husband carries a small child, a somewhat older ... More

Morning

Morning

Scene in Covent Garden with an elaborately dressed middle-aged woman heading towards St Paul's church followed by a small servant boy. To the right two young gentlemen embrace market girls while other women hud... More

Evening

Evening

Scene at Sadler's Wells Theater with a dyer and his wife walking with their dog beside the New River. The wife holds a fan with a design of Venus and Adonis, the husband carries a small child, a somewhat older ... More

Morning

Morning

Scene in Covent Garden with an elaborately dressed middle-aged woman heading towards St Paul's church followed by a small servant boy. To the right two young gentlemen embrace market girls while other women hud... More

Hymen and Cupid

Hymen and Cupid

Hymen seated on a low, overgrown wall, holding a chord on a lute with his left hand, a torch in his right hand. Cupid leaning over to pluck the lute's strings, his bow and quiver on the ground; in the distance ... More

The distressed poet

The distressed poet

An untidy garret with a man in a dressing-gown working on a poem entitled 'Riches a Poem' while his wife is confronted by a milkmaid with a lengthy tally who demands payment. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

The enraged musician

The enraged musician

A scene in London, possibly near St Martin's-in-the-Fields, with a musician at an open window holding his ears against the noise of the street. A ballad-seller chants while her baby cries and a milkmaid and oth... More

Martin Folkes

Martin Folkes

Portrait seated slightly to left, half-length with his right hand raised, eyes to front, wearing long wig, and open jacket over waistcoat. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

Bishop Hoadly

Bishop Hoadly

Portrait of Benjamin Hoadly, three-quarter-length, slightly turned to the right, seated on a chair and gesturing with one hand. He has a periwig on his head, the robes of a chancellor of the Order of the Garter... More

Characters and caricaturas

Characters and caricaturas

Subscription ticket for "Marriage A-la-Mode" with a group of naturalistic heads in profile and, below, five compartments with heads after Raphael's Vatican tapestry cartoons (i.e. "characters") and caricatures ... More

Marriage à-la-mode, pl. 1

Marriage à-la-mode, pl. 1

A grand interior where Earl Squander and a city merchant arrange the marriage of their son and daughter; the extravagantly dressed young man looks at his reflection in a glass while his future bride listens to ... More

Marriage à-la-mode, pl. 4

Marriage à-la-mode, pl. 4

A grand bedroom with the countess holding a morning levée attended by her hairdresser while the lawyer, Silvertongue, arranges to meet her at a masquerade. Others in the room include a female friend and men who... More

Marriage à-la-mode, pl. 1

Marriage à-la-mode, pl. 1

A grand interior where Earl Squander and a city merchant arrange the marriage of their son and daughter; the extravagantly dressed young man looks at his reflection in a glass while his future bride listens to ... More

Marriage à-la-mode, pl. 3

Marriage à-la-mode, pl. 3

Shown is the interior of a dispensary where the viscount has brought his child-mistress to visit M. de la Pillule whose remedy has not cured her venereal disease; a large, well-dressed woman (perhaps a procures... More

The battle of the pictures

The battle of the pictures

This etching was used as a bidder's ticket for an auction of 19 paintings by Hogarth. Ranks of copies of old master paintings stacked outside Cock's auction house attacking paintings by Hogarth as they emerge f... More

Marriage à-la-mode, pl. 6

Marriage à-la-mode, pl. 6

The countess is dying in a chair, an execution broadside at her feet indicates that Silvertongue has been hanged for killing her husband. Her young child (wearing a leg brace as a result of congenital syphilis)... More

Marriage à-la-mode, pl. 5

Marriage à-la-mode, pl. 5

A bedroom in a brothel where the earl falls dying after being struck with a sword by Silvertongue whom he has surprised with the countess. The lawyer escapes through the window to left as watchmen enter to righ... More

Marriage à-la-mode, pl. 4

Marriage à-la-mode, pl. 4

A grand bedroom with the countess holding a morning levée attended by her hairdresser while the lawyer, Silvertongue, arranges to meet her at a masquerade. Others in the room include a female friend and men who... More

Marriage à-la-mode, pl. 5

Marriage à-la-mode, pl. 5

A bedroom in a brothel where the earl falls dying after being struck with a sword by Silvertongue whom he has surprised with the countess. The lawyer escapes through the window to left as watchmen enter to righ... More

Marriage à-la-mode, pl. 3

Marriage à-la-mode, pl. 3

Shown is the interior of a dispensary where the viscount has brought his child-mistress to visit M. de la Pillule whose remedy has not cured her venereal disease; a large, well-dressed woman (perhaps a procures... More

Marriage à-la-mode, pl. 6

Marriage à-la-mode, pl. 6

The countess is dying in a chair, an execution broadside at her feet indicates that Silvertongue has been hanged for killing her husband. Her young child (wearing a leg brace as a result of congenital syphilis)... More

Marriage à-la-mode, pl. 2

Marriage à-la-mode, pl. 2

A lavishly furnished interior where the newlyweds sprawl on chairs in front of a fireplace in the early hours of the morning; he has been out on the town, while she has been playing cards to the accompaniment o... More

Garrick in the character of Richard III

Garrick in the character of Richard III

David Garrick in the role of Richard III, awakening from his troubled dream in the tent before the battle of Bosworth Field. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

Simon Lord Lovat

Simon Lord Lovat

The elderly lord sitting on a chair, its back carved with putti supporting a coronet, at a table on which is a book lettered "Memoirs" and quill pen in an ink bottle. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

Garrick in the character of Richard III

Garrick in the character of Richard III

David Garrick in the role of Richard III, awakening from his troubled dream in the tent before the battle of Bosworth Field. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

Pl. 2. The industrious 'prentice performing the duty of a Christian

Pl. 2. The industrious 'prentice performing the duty of a Christian

Francis Goodchild shares the hymn book of his master's daughter at a service in a large church filled with pews; to left, an elderly woman pew-opener sits on a pile of hassocks. The church is St. Martin's-in-th... More

Pl. 10. The industrious 'prentice alderman of London, the idle one brought before him & impeached by his accomplice

Pl. 10. The industrious 'prentice alderman of London, the idle one bro...

A court of Justice with the elegant Alderman Goodchild holding his hand to his brow as Idle, at the bar, begs for mercy. Idle's female companion slips a coin into the hand of the clerk of the court while the on... More

Pl. 12. The industrious 'prentice, Lord Mayor of London.

Pl. 12. The industrious 'prentice, Lord Mayor of London.

The Lord Mayor's carriage entering Cheapside surrounded by a mob and with spectators, including the Prince and Princess of Wales, on stands and at every window; to right, the east end of St Paul's Cathedral. Co... More

Pl. 6. The industrious 'Prentice out of his time and married to his master's daughter

Pl. 6. The industrious 'Prentice out of his time and married to his ma...

A wedding celebrations in Fish Street Hill with a legless ballad seller and drummers and butchers playing 'rough music' with bones and cleavers outside the house of Francis Goodchild and his bride. Courtesy of ... More

Pl. 9. The idle 'prentice betrayed by his whore and taken in a night cellar with his accomplice

Pl. 9. The idle 'prentice betrayed by his whore and taken in a night c...

An underground drinking den where Idle shows his stolen goods to his one-eyed accomplice (see Plate 3) unaware that behind him his companion from the garret bedroom (see Plate 7) is pointing him out to the magi... More

Pl. 7. The idle 'prentice returned from sea and in a garret with a common prostitute

Pl. 7. The idle 'prentice returned from sea and in a garret with a com...

A ruinous garret with Idle and a young woman in a bed which is collapsing at the foot. She examines jewelry and watches that he has stolen, while he starts in alarm as a cat crashes down the chimney. Courtesy o... More

Pl. 11. The idle 'prentice executed at Tyburn

Pl. 11. The idle 'prentice executed at Tyburn

The place of execution. In the middle ground, Idle seated in a cart with his coffin and John Wesley exhorting him to repent. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

Pl. 3. The idle 'prentice at play in the church yard

Pl. 3. The idle 'prentice at play in the church yard

A churchyard with Tom Idle sprawled on a tomb playing hustle-cap with a one-eyed man wearing a striped cap and a ragged boot-black. A younger boy scratches his head in puzzlement as he watches the play, and a b... More

Pl. 8. The industrious 'prentice grown rich and Sheriff of London

Pl. 8. The industrious 'prentice grown rich and Sheriff of London

A banquet at Fishmongers' Hall with Goodchild and his wife in the seats of honor. In the foreground, greedy liverymen are waited on by a young black man, while a boorish beadle stops a crowd of petitioners at t... More

Pl. 5. The idle 'prentice turned away and sent to sea

Pl. 5. The idle 'prentice turned away and sent to sea

The River Thames, probably Limehouse Reach, with Tom Idle in a rowing boat heading for a ship and life at sea. He is accompanied by his weeping mother and two mocking sailors as well as the oarsman. Courtesy of... More

Pl. 1. The fellow 'prentices at their looms

Pl. 1. The fellow 'prentices at their looms

Tom Idle sleeps at his loom beneath a ballad of Moll Flanders, having drunk from a large tankard lettered "Spittle Fields." Francis Goodchild concentrates on his work while light streams through the window on t... More

The stage coach, or the country inn yard

The stage coach, or the country inn yard

Scene outside the 'Old Angle In', an inn with the sign of an angel that gives the proprietor as 'Toms. Bates', and a stop for coaches on the road to London. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

Pl. 4. The industrious 'prentice a favorite and entrusted by his master

Pl. 4. The industrious 'prentice a favorite and entrusted by his maste...

A weaving shop with Mr. West handing authority for daily business to Goodchild. They stand at a desk, to right, receiving rolls of cloth delivered by a porter. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

The Gates of Calais, or the roast beef of old England

The Gates of Calais, or the roast beef of old England

Scene at the Gate of Calais with a fat monk prodding a large sirloin of beef carried by a cook, on either side are two French soldiers. On the left, three market women with crosses hanging from their necks admi... More

The cockpit

The cockpit

Interior of the Royal Cockpit on the south side of St James's Park with two fighting cocks in the pit and spectators watching. The print pretends to be a ticket of admission to one of the fights. Courtesy of Bo... More