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Plate two, from A Harlot's Progress

A work made of copperplate.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of copperplate.


1732, reworked/reissued 1744


William Hogarth
English, 1697-1764

About this artwork

Hogarth engraved these six copper plates (1964.254–59) with a burin, a sharp metal tool used to incise swelling lines directly into a flattened copper surface. He worked in reverse of the final printed images, which were produced by inking the plates and running them through a roller press with dampened sheets of paper on top. The small cross at the bottom of each plate was added when Hogarth issued the second state, released over a decade after the first, much copied edition. The prints on view nearby are early second state impressions, made before the addition of other changes and noticeable wear.


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Prints and Drawings


William Hogarth


Plate two, from A Harlot's Progress


England (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1732




31.5 × 38 cm (12 7/16 × 15 in.)

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Gift of Edison Dick

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