A Harlot's Progress, Plate II
A Harlot's Progress is a series of six paintings and engravings by the English artist William Hogarth. The modern moral series was first published in print form in 1732, just after an official crackdown on prostitution had begun, focused specifically on Covent Garden. They show the story of a young woman, Moll Hackabout, who arrives in London from the country alone and and vulnerable and is tricked into prostitution by a devious brothel keeper.
The second plate of the series depicts Moll Hackabout in a lavishly furnished bedroom as she has fallen quickly from the hands of the procuress and nobleman into the keeping of a wealthy Jewish man. Her modest work clothes have been replaced with fashionable and expensive attire. She distracts her businessman by exposing a breast and by tipping over a tea table so that her other lover can slip quietly out of the room.
This print is produced on St Cuthbert's Mill special acid free archival artboard. The overall loose print size is 33cm x 24cm. The framed print is presented in 20mm black wood archivist moulding, complete with rope hanger over hardboard back with a cream board mount. The overall size is 43cm x 33cm.