William Hogarth (English, 1697-1764)
from the series "A Rake's Progress"
Plate: 35.6 x 41 cm (14 x 16 1/8 inches)
Signature / Inscription / Marks
Original--Recto:In pencil inscribed, LR:IIVerso:in pencil inscribed, LL:9.10.52 A-7/Colnaghi ; inscribed, center of right half of sheet:2nd State[underlined]. with the flash of lightning/+ with a group of boys replacing/a boy previously seen stealing the Rake's cane./Various additional shadings in many places - e.g./The Rake's left shoulder, + head + the brocade/on his left sleeve have been darkened with \\\ lines.In Plate--Numbered LR:Plate 4. ; inscribed, LC:InventedPainted &Engrav'dby W.m Hogarth & Publish'd June y.e 25. 1735.According to Act of Parliament.; inscribed in bottom margin:O Vanity of Youthful Blood,/So by Misuse to poison Good!/Reason awakes, & views unbar'd/The sacred Gates he watch'd to guard; |Approaching views the Harpy Law,/And Poverty with icy paw|Ready to seize the poor Remains/That Vice hath left of all his Gains.|Cold Penitence, lame After Thought,/With Fears, Despair, & horrors fraught, |Call
Marks: Stamped in brown ink on verso:R.I.S.D./MUSEUM/OF ARTsurrounded byPROVIDENCE/RHODE ISLANDall inscribed in a circle.
Credit / Object Number
Purchased and Presented by George P. Metcalf
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