A Rake's Progress, Plate 4

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! 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-Though, With Fears, Despair, & Horrors fraught, / Call back his guilty Pleasures dead, Whom he hath wrong’d & whom betray’d. / Invented Painted & [superscript] Engrav’d by Wm. [m superscript] Hogarth & Publish’d June ye. [e superscript] 25. 1735. According to Act of Parliament. _______ Plate 4.


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

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