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Prestige Collection 19th and 20th Century Art

Fri, Mar 29, 2024 12:00AM EDT - Thu, Apr 4, 2024 11:00AM EDT
Lot 39

William Hogarth: A Harlot's Progress, Plate 3

Estimate: $600 - $900

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William Hogarth (British, 1697 - 1764): A Harlot's Progress, Plate 3, Etching and Engraving on wove paper, Engraved by T. Cooh London, Published by G. G. frj. Robinson, Paternoster Row, February 1st 1799. Framed.
Hogarth achieved his first great success with A Harlot's Progress, a narrative cycle of six scenes depicting the moral dissolution of a once-innocent country girl through a life of prostitution in London.
From the British Museum: 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; pinned to the window frame are prints of Captain Mackheath (the hero of "The Beggar's Opera") and Dr Sacheverell (the High Anglican clergyman impeached in 1710), the hat-box of James Dalton, highwayman, rests above the bed, and one of several beer tankards on the floor carries the name of a local tavern.

20 x 23.5 inches framed; 11.5 x 14.5 inches plate


Good condition considering age. The paper is discolored and has minor surface grime. The surface has occasional wrinkles and creases. The frame is somewhat distressed, but sturdy.

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