Thomas Cook - engraver, William Hogarth - inventor - A Rake’s Progress II
Tom’s morning ablutions are attended by all manner of artists and hangers-on. Kneeling on his right is a jockey with a trophy he has won at Epsom with a horse named „Silly Tom“, a ruffian offering his services and a man with a bugle horn. A picture on the wall represents The Judgment of Paris; this represents a reference to Tom’s own situation, where any choice leads to ruin, as well as Tom’s ambition to attain one of the attributes of aristocracy through acquiring pictures on classical themes.
measurements: height 470 mm
width 583 mm
in collections:
material: paper
technique: engraving
inventory number: R 900
gallery collection: Collection of Prints and Drawings