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Tom Rakewell is arrested for debt on his way to the Royal Court to seek preferment when he is saved by Sarah Young. Engraving by T. Cook after W. Hogarth.

Hogarth, William, 1697-1764.
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Oct. 1st. 1796
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The scene is St. James Street with the gate and towers of St. James' Palace in the rear. Having wasted all his inheritance and being in debt, he is on his way in a sedan chair with drawn curtains to St. James' Palace to seek patronage at the queen's birthday levee. Sarah Young appears just in time to pay his debts and save him from prison.

Publication/Creation

London (Paternoster Row) : G.G. & J. Robinson, Oct. 1st. 1796.

Physical description

1 print : engraving, with etching ; image 30.9 x 38 cm

Lettering

O vanity of youthfull blood so by misuse to poison good! Reason awakes and views unbar'd the sacred gates he watch'd to guard... Drawn by W. Hogarth. Engraved by T. Cook Pl. IV

Publications note

R. Paulson, Hogarth's graphic works, 3 ed., London 1989, related to [135]

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 39249i

Lettering note

Lettering continues:... Approaching views the happy law and poverty with icy paw. Ready to seize the poor remains that vice has left of all his gains...

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