Ernst Ludwig Riepenhausen - engraver, William Hogarth - inventor - A Rake’s Progress I
The Rake’s Progress starts with the death of a wealthy merchant. As the protagonist of the cycle, the merchant’s son Tom Rakewell is being measured for new clothes, Mrs. Young enters the room with her daughter Sarah, whom Tom seduced while a student at Oxford, under the false promise of marriage. Tom offers Mrs. Young financial compensation for his midsdemeanour. A servant dressing the room in mourning cloth stumbles across a cache with hidden money - the whole setting is in fact filled with symbols of avarice.
measurements: height 470 mm
width 586 mm
in collections:
material: paper
technique: engraving
inventory number: R 899
gallery collection: Collection of Prints and Drawings