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An insane man (Tom Rakewell) sits on the floor manically grasping at his head, his lover (Sarah Young) cries at the spectacle while two attendants attach chains to his legs; they are surrounded by other lunatics at Bethlem hospital, London. Engraving by W. Hogarth, 1735.

  • Hogarth, William, 1697-1764.
Date
1735
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20045i
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Credit: An insane man (Tom Rakewell) sits on the floor manically grasping at his head, his lover (Sarah Young) cries at the spectacle while two attendants attach chains to his legs; they are surrounded by other lunatics at Bethlem hospital, London. Engraving by W. Hogarth, 1735. Wellcome Collection. Public Domain Mark

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London (Fleet Street) : Robt. Sayer.

Physical description

1 print : line engraving with etching ; platemark 26.8 x 31.2 cm

Lettering

Mad in Bedlam. ...

References note

British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, vol. III, pt. 1, London 1877, no. 2248
R. Paulson, Hogarth's graphic works, 3 ed., London 1989, no. 139

Lettering note

Lettering continues: "His fortune ruin'd, frenzy wrecks his mind, in Bedlam view th'unhappy wretch confind! Behold the kind companion of his woe, whose tears of symphathizing pity flow. What varied lunacys engage our eyes? The moaping lover breaths eternal sighs, the echoing roof the wretch dispairing rends, th' astronomer his tube and schemes attends, sceptre & crown'd wth. straw the monarch rules, the pope his pardons breathes, & thundring bulls, the cross-leg'd taylor seems to ply his trade, and frantick airs are by the fidler play'd."

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Wellcome Library no. 20045i

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