In a room hung with black drapes to show mourning, Ramble Gripe, in the company of a pregnant woman holding out a ring, and her mother with a letter, is measured by a tailor; a coffin lid leans against the fireplace. Engraving by Thomas Bowles, 1735.
- Bowles, Thomas, II, active 1712-1767.
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Credit: In a room hung with black drapes to show mourning, Ramble Gripe, in the company of a pregnant woman holding out a ring, and her mother with a letter, is measured by a tailor; a coffin lid leans against the fireplace. Engraving by Thomas Bowles, 1735. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
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The scene and characters are based on William Hogarth's A Rake's Progress. Ramble Gripe replaces Tom Rakewell. "The tragedy of the rake follows from the fact that he is the son of a miser: in the world of poetry and drama miserliness begets its contrary". (D. Bindman, Hogarth, London 1981, p. 64). In tacking up the hangings, a servant disturbs a hidden horde. An emaciated cat stands by a variety of implements such as a candle-snuffer. A smith, using a hammer and chisel attempts to break open a coffer. Hanging on the walls are two scenes on the subject of the Prodigal Son
London (no 13 in Cornhill) : printed for John Bowles, 1735.
1 print : engraving, with etching ; image 23.1 x 31 cm.
He comes to the possession of his fathers estate.
R. Paulson, Hogarth's graphic works, London 1989, 3rd edition, related to 132
British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, London 1877, vol. 3, no. 2171/2.
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 55a
Wellcome Library no. 38338i
Further lettering within the print and verses beneath
A set of the plagiaries at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge is inscribed "T. Bowles sculp"