A Rake's Progress, Plate 7

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, in image, bottom left: Being a New Schem for paying y Debts of ye. Nation by T.L. now a prisoner in the Fleet.; in plate, in image, table lower right: Sr. I have read your Play & find it will not doe yrs. J.R. h; in plate, below image: Happy the Man, whole constant Thought (Tho in the School of Hardship taught,) Can send remembrance back to fetch Treasures from Life’s earliest Stretch. / Plate 7 / Who Self-approving can review Scenes of past Virtues that Shine thro’ The Gloom of Age, & cast a Ray, To gild the Evening of his day! / Not so the Guilt Wretch confin’d. No Pleasures meet his roving Mind, No Blessings fetch’d from early Youth, But broken Faith, & wrested Truth, / Talents idle, & unus’d, And every Gift of Heaven abus’d, In Seas of Sad Reflection lost, From horrors Still to Horrors lost, / Reason the Vessel leaves to Steers, And Gives the Helm to mad Despair. / Invented &. by Wm. [m superscript] Hogarth & Publish’d According to Act of Parliament June ye. [e superscript] 25. 1735.


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

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