A Rake's Progress, Plate 8

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: Madness, Thou chaos of ye. [e superscript] brain, What art? That Pleasure giv’st and Pain? Tyranny of Fancy’s Reign! mechanic Fance; that can build Vast Labarynths, & Mazes wild, / With Rule disjointed, Shapeless Measure, Fill’d with Horror, fill’d with Pleasure! Shapes of horror, that wou’d even Cast Doubt of Mercy upon Heaven. / Shapes of Pleasure, that but Seen Wou’d split the Shaking Sides of Spleen. O Vanity of Age! here See The Stamp of Heaven effac’d by Thee / The headstrong Course of Youth thus run, What Comfort from this darling Son! His rattling Chains with Terror hear, Behold Death grappling with Despair, / See Him by Thee to Ruin Sold, And curse thy self, & curse thy Gold. / Invented &c. by Wm. [m superscript] Hogarth & Publish’d According to Act of Parliament June ye. [e superscript] 25. 1735.

Course History

ENGL 22, The Rise of the Novel, Alysia Garrison, Spring 2015


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

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