A Rake's Progress, Plate 2

William Hogarth, English, 1697 - 1764


published June 25, 1735

Etching and engraving on laid paper

Plate: 15 15/16 × 13 7/8 in. (40.5 × 35.3 cm)

Sheet: 21 5/8 × 13 7/8 in. (55 × 35.3 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Purchased through the Florence and Lansing Porter Moore 1937 Fund, the Mrs. Harvey P. Hood W.18 Fund, the Jean and Adolph Weil Jr. 1935 Fund, the Barbara Dau '78 Fund for European Art, and the Class of 1935 Memorial Fund



William Hogarth


Europe, Great Britain and Ireland


18th century

Object Name




Not on view


In plate, below image: invented by Wm. [m superscript] Hogarth & Publish’d According to Act of Parliament June ye. [e superscript] 25. 1735. / Plate 2d. [d superscript] / Prosperity, (with Harlot’s smiles, Most pleasing, when she most beguiles,) How soon, Sweet foe, can all thy Train of false, gay, frantick, loud & vain. / enter the unprovided Mind, And Memory in fetters bind; Load faith and Love with golden chain, And sprinkle Lethe ore the Brain! / Pleasure on her silver Throne Smiling comes, not comes alone; Venus moves with her alon, And smooth Lyoeus, ever young. / And in their Train, to fill the Press, Come apish Dance, and swollen Excess, Mechanic Honour, vicious Taste, And fashion in her changing Vest


C. G. Boerner, New York, New York; sold to present collection, 2015.

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