[A rake's progress]. [graphic] / Plate 4
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- [A rake's progress]. [graphic] / Plate 4
- Alternative Title
- O vanity of youthfull blood, so by misuse to poison good ...
- Hogarth, William, 1697-1764, printmaker
- Published / Created
- [25 June 1735]
- Publication Place
- Wm. Hogarth
The fourth plate in the series The rake's progress. In this scene two baliffs, one with an arrest notice in his hand, have stopped Tom Rakewell's sedan chair in St. James's Street; Tom is presumably on his way to White's gaming house which can be seen in the background. They are foiled in their attempt to arrest Tom for debt as Sarah Young, the young woman whom he had seduced and abandoned, offers the bailiffs her purse instead. Sarah is now a dealer in millinery as is suggested by the notions falling from her purse. In the right foreground a shoe-black apparently taking advantage of the situation to take hold of Tom's elegant walking stick. Above them a careless lamplighter spills some oil on Tom's head. To the left a Welshman, probably the creditor, honouring St David's day (March 1st) with a leek in his hat, accompanied by his manicured dog, simply watches the scene. In the distance is the gate of St James's Palace with a crowd of sedan-chairs approaching to celebrate the birthday of Queen Caroline
Title, state, and imprint from Paulson.
Added title from first two lines of the verse etched below image.
State 2 with stormy, rainy sky etched in and a jagged bolt of lightening is aimed at the building with a sign that now reads "WHITE". For other changes see Paulson.
After the painting now at Sir John Soane's Museum.
"Plate 4"--Lower right corner.
Ms. note in pencil in Steevens's hand to right of print: See Mr. Nicholls's Biographical anecdotes &c. p. 215. The variations throughout this set of Prints are numerous. Annotated in later (LWL hand): Paulson 135.2 unique.
On page 70 in volume 1.
- 1 print : sheet 35.2 x 40 cm
- [State 2].
- Lewis Walpole Library
- Call Number
- Folio 75 H67 800 v.1 (Oversize)
Subjects, Formats, And Genres
Engravings England London 1735
Etchings England London 1735
Annotations (Provenance) 18th century
- etching and engraving ;
- Subject (Topic)
England > London > 1735
Kinnaird, Charles Kinnaird, Baron, 1780-1826 > Ownership
Sotheby, Frederick Edward, 1837-1909 > Ownership
Steevens, George, 1736-1800 > Ownership
Perrins, Charles William Dyson, 1864-1958 > Ownership
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