William Hogarth

A Rake's Progress, Plate VI - The Gaming House


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 Gaming House' is the sixth of the series and depicts Tom Rakewell on his knees pleading to God in a gambling den at White's Club in Soho after losing his newly acquired wealth.  This is his second inevitable loss of fortune.  Excessive gambling was a real problem in 18th century England.

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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