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Maker(s):Hogarth, William
Culture:British (1697-1764)
Title:The Prison Scene, from the series The Rake's Progress
Date Made:1735 plate; ca. 1745 print (before the final revisions)
Materials:Etching; engraving; ink on paper
Place Made:Europe; United Kingdom; Great Britain; England; London
Measurements:Sheet: 17 3/4 in x 23 1/16 in; 45.1 cm x 58.6 cm; Plate: 13 13/16 in x 16 in; 35.1 cm x 40.6 cm; Image: 13 7/16 in x 15 5/16 in; 34.1 cm x 38.9 cm
Narrative Inscription:  INSCRIPTIONS: recto, lwr. ctr. (etched, within plate): Happy the Man, whose constant Thought / (Tho' in the School of Hardship taught,) / Can send Remembrance back to fetch / Treasures from Life's earliest Stretch: / 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 Guilty 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 Relfection lost, / From Horrors Still to Horrors tost, / Reason the Vessel leaves to Steer, / And Gives the Helm to mad Despair. ; recto, lwr. l. (etched, within plate): Plate 7 ; recto, lwr. r. (etched, within plate): Invented& c. by Wm. Hogarth & Publish'd / According to Act of Parliament June ye. 25.1735.
Accession Number:  MH 2010.10.2.7
Credit Line:Purchase with the Belle and Hy Baier Art Acquisition Fund
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

A crowded jail cell. A woman to the left faints while two other women try to revive her and a man supports her. A child cries and grabs onto her skirt. A letter regarding debt falls to the floor. To the right, a man sits at a table while three other figures pester him for money.


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