The rake carouses in a tavern full of prostitutes. Engraving by Thomas Bowles, 1735.
- Bowles, Thomas, II, active 1712-1767.
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Drury Lane, Covent Garden was notorious for "disorderly" taverns and "bawdy" brothels. The whores "dally, quarrel, smoke and quaff" accompanied by harp and violin music. On the walls are a variety of pictures. From left to right they are inscribed "Polly Peacham, "Capn. Mackheath", "Tiberius Caesar", "The famous Seven wonders of the world", "Caesar Augustus", " Julius Caesar", "Sarah Malcolm" and "Nero". One of the whores kisses the portrait of Dr. Henry Sacheverell (1674-1724), a seditious preacher
He revels with common whores at a tavern in Drury Lane.
[London] ([no 13 in Cornhill]) : [printed for John Bowles], 
1 print : engraving, with etching ; image 23.4 x 31.1 cm.
R. Paulson, Hogarth's graphic works, London 1989, 3rd edition, related to 134 and B.M.C. 2198-2200
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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 56d
Wellcome Library no. 38340i