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In a church Ramble Gripe stands beside his elderly, hunch-backed bride at the altar, as a minister reads the service. Engraving by Thomas Bowles, 1735.

Bowles, Thomas, II, active 1712-1767.

About this work


The rake looks behind gazing at the bridegroom and a small dog urinates on the bride's wedding dress. A female attendant moves a hassock. In the background a woman prevents people from entering. Beneath a sign inscribed " pray remember the poor" and a cobweb, is a money-box


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

Physical description

1 print : engraving, with etching ; image 23.4 x 30.8 cm.


To repair his fortune he marries a rich old woman.

Publications note

R. Paulson, Hogarth's graphic works, London 1989, 3rd edition, related to 136
British Museum Catalogue of political and personal satires, London 1877, vol. 3, no. 2222
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 60a


Wellcome Library no. 38344i

Lettering note

Verses beneath the print and lettering within



  • English

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