A Rake's Progress, Plate 6

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: 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


Place Made: England, United Kingdom, Europe



Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


In plate, below image: Gold, thou bright son of Phoebus, sourse of Universal Intercourse, of weeping Virtue Sweet Redress, And blessing Those who live to bless, Yet oft behold this Sacred Trust The Fool of Avaritious Lust, / No longer Bond of Humankind, But Bane of every virtuous Mind. What Chaos such Misuse Attends! Friendship Stoops to prey on Friends, Health, that gives relish to Delight, Is wasted with ye. [e superscript] Wasting Night. / Doubt and Mistrust are thrown on Heaven, And all its Power to Chance is given. Sad Purchace, of repentant Tears, Of needless Quarrels, endless Fears, Of hopes of Moments, Pangs of Years! / Sad Purchace of a totur’d Mind, To an imprison’d body join’d! / Invented Painted & Engrav’d by Wm. [m superscript] Hogarth, & Publish’d June ye. [e superscript] 25 1735 According to Act of Parliament. / Sold at ye [e superscript] Golden Head in Leicester Fields London [don superscript]: Plate 6.

Course History

ARTH 48.05, Satire: Art, Politics & Critique, Kristin O'Rourke, Winter 2022

ARTH 48.05, Satire: Art, Politics & Critique, Kristin O'Rourke, Winter 2022

ARTH 48.05, Satire: Art, Politics, & Critique, Kristin O'Rourke, Fall 2022

Exhibition History

Works on Paper: Studies in Contrast, Teaching Exhibition, Art History 2, Class of 1967 Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, January 14-April 9, 2023.


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

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