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Plate one, from A Harlot's Progress

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1732

Artist:

William Hogarth
English, 1697-1764

About this artwork

One of Hogarth’s four major print cycles of “modern moral subjects” based on his paintings, A Harlot’s Progress is a tale of innocence led astray. As indicated by its title, which subverts that of John Bunyan’s popular Christian allegory, the 1678 Pilgrim’s Progress, Hogarth’s project traces a country girl’s loss of purity and resulting imprisonment, illness, and death. Here the gullible girl, Moll Hackabout, is seduced by the promises of a historical madam, Mother Needham, who is dressed respectably to lure naïve London newcomers into her fashionable brothel.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

William Hogarth

Title

Plate one, from A Harlot's Progress

Place

England (Artist's nationality)

Date

1732

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

Image: 30 × 37.5 cm (11 13/16 × 14 13/16 in.); Plate: 32 × 39.2 cm (12 5/8 × 15 7/16 in.); Sheet: 43.4 × 53.7 cm (17 1/8 × 21 3/16 in.)

Credit Line

The Amanda S. Johnson and Marion J. Livingston Fund

Reference Number

2015.216.1

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