William Hogarth

A Rake's Progress Plate II - The Levée


A Rake's Progress is a series of eight paintings and engravings by William Hogarth.  The series was first published in print form in 1735 and shows the decline and fall of Tom Rakewell, a rich merchant's son, who comes to London and leads a life of debauchery resulting in imprisonment and ultimately being sectioned to Bedlam madhouse.

'The Levée' is the second of the series and depicts Tom Rakewell at his morning levée in London.  Tom has moved to his new home and is surrounded by a music master, fencing master, dancing master, gardener, ex-soldier and quarterstaff instructor, all offering their services and looking to exploit his new found wealth.

This print is produced on St Cuthbert's Mill special acid free archival artboard.

The overall loose print size is 24cm x 33cm.

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 33cm x 43cm.

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