Plate one, from A Harlot's Progress

A work made of copperplate.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of copperplate.

Date:

1732, reworked/reissued 1744

Artist:

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

Artist

William Hogarth

Title

Plate one, from A Harlot's Progress

Origin

England

Date

1732

Medium

Copperplate

Dimensions

320 × 392 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Edison Dick

Reference Number

1964.254

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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