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Ramble Gripe in despair kneels on the ground, his back turned away from a gambling table; his hat, wig and some cards lie strewn on the ground. Engraving by Thomas Bowles, 1735.

Bowles, Thomas, II, active 1712-1767.

About this work


A young man holding out a watch interrupts a usurer who sits at a small circular table. At the larger table are various people absorbed in playing dice. Two men quarrel violently. One holding a whip is probably a highwayman, as a mask slips out from beneath his coat, and two butt-ends of a pair of pistols stick out from a pocket. About to enter the room is a magistrate and a posse of constables


[London] ([no 13 in Cornhill]) : [printed for John Bowles], [1735]

Physical description

1 print : engraving, with etching ; image 23.9 x 39.2 cm.


Resorts to a gaming table and is ruined by sharpers.

Publications note

R. Paulson, Hogarth's graphic works, London 1989, 3rd edition related to 137
British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, London 1877, Vol 3, no. 2235
D. Kunzle, Plagiaries-by-memory of the Rake's Progress and the genesis of Hogarth's second picture story, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, 29, 1966, plate 60b


Wellcome Library no. 38343i

Lettering note

Verses beneath the print



  • English

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