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Object: A Harlot's Progress, Plates 4-6
Series: A Harlot's Progress
Copy of plates 4-6 from Hogarth's '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 fingers the lace lappet hanging from her cap and her erstwhile serving-woman is trying on her fashionable shoes and stockings; beyond, a man stands with his hands in a pillory.
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 woman rifles through a trunk, and a small boy turns a joint of meat roasting in front of the fire.
Plate 6: A dilapidated room with Moll's friends, mostly prostitutes, gathered around her open coffin; to right, a clergyman gropes beneath a woman's skirt, to left, the undertaker pays court to another who picks a handkerchief from his pocket; in the foreground sits Moll's small son playing with a spinning top.
After Hogarth all in reverse, a satyr either side of the first scene. 1732
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Height: 482 millimetres
Width: 560 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- King's copy of A Harlot's Progress was authorised by Hogarth.
The present print is the second sheet of three plates from 'A Harlot's Progress'. See 1848,0708.19-21 for the first sheet for plates 1-3. According to Pauslon [1989, p.76], the first sheet was published on 21st of April 1732, and the present print on 28th of April.
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