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Plate four, from A Harlot's Progress

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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




William Hogarth
English, 1697-1764

About this artwork

Arrested and thrown into prison, the now prominently pockmarked Moll proves inadequate to the physical labor of beating hemp for hangmen’s nooses. Amid cardsharps and debtors, she appears particularly out of place in her elaborate dress. But she seems destined for even more difficult straits, given that both her former servant and the jailer’s wife are seen here stealing from her.


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William Hogarth


Plate four, from A Harlot's Progress


England (Artist's nationality:)

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Engraving in black on ivory laid paper


Image: 30.2 × 37.9 cm (11 15/16 × 14 15/16 in.); Plate: 31.5 × 38.8 cm (12 7/16 × 15 5/16 in.); Sheet: 43.6 × 53.6 cm (17 3/16 × 21 1/8 in.)

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The Amanda S. Johnson and Marion J. Livingston Fund

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