A Rake's Progress, Plate 3

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: O Vanity of Youthfull Blood so by Misuse to poison Good! Woman, formid for social Love Fairest Gift of Powers above! / Source of every Household Blessing, All Charms in Innocence possessing. But turn’d to Vice, all Plagues above, Foe to thy Being, Foe to Love! / Guest Divine to outward Viewing, After Minister of Ruin! And thou, no less of Gift divine, Sweet Poison of Misused Wine! / With Freedom led to every Part, And secret Chamber of ye. [e superscript] Heart, Dost thou thy friendly Host betray, And shew thy riotous Gang ye. [e superscript] Way, / To enter in with covert Treason, O’erthrow the drowsy Guard of Reason, To ransack the abandon’d Place, And revel there with wild Excess? / Invented, Painted, Engrav’d & Publish’d by Wm. [m superscript] Hogarth June ye. [e superscript] 25, 1735. According to Act of Parliament. [a superscript] / Plate 3


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

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