An image of A rake's progress: plate 8

William Hogarth

(England 10 Nov 1697 – 25 or 26 October 1764)

A rake's progress: plate 8

Other titles:
A rake's progress: the madhouse
Location
Not on display
Further information

In the final scene Tom is stripped of his clothes and reason, shackled and lying on the floor of Bethlem Hospital (Bedlam). A company of madmen surrounds him, all suffering from various delusions, while his devoted lover weeps by his side. In the background a pair of fashionable lady sightseers is entertained by the naked kin, urinating in cell 55.

Peter Raissis, Prints & drawings Europe 1500–1900, 2014

Year
1735
Media
Print
Medium
etching and engraving
Dimensions
36.0 x 41.0 cm platemark; 37.6 x 43.0 cm sheet
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 2006
Accession number
54.2006.8