William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)
Etching and engraving; fourth state of four
plate: 12 1/2 x 15 3/8 in. (31.8 x 39.1 cm)
sheet: 13 3/8 x 16 in. (33.9 x 40.7 cm)
Gift of Sarah Lazarus, 1891
Not on view
Set outside the Bell Inn, London. Mary Hackabout, a country girl, has just arrived on the York Wagon and is examined by an extravagantly dressed bawd Mother Needham. Behind them a clergyman on horseback fails to notice the encounter but a lecherous old gentleman (Colonel Charteris) eyes the girl with anticipation.
Signature: in plate lower right: "Wm Hogarth inv-t pinx-t et sculp-t"
Inscription: in plate, lower left: "A Harlots Porgess Plate 1."
Marking: in plate: A black latin cross below image at center.
Sarah Lazarus; Donor: Sarah Lazarus
Paulson 1970.121 iv/iv; Paulson 1989.121 iv/iv; British Museum Satires 2031; Dobson and Armstrong p.121 iv pl.1
Frederic George Stephens, M. Dorothy George Catalogue of political and personal satires preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum. 11 vols., London, 1870-, cat. no. 2031.
Austin Dobson, Sir Walter Armstrong William Hogarth. London and New York, 1902, p. 121 iv, pl. 1.
Ronald Paulson Hogarth's Graphic Works. 2 vols., New Haven, 1970, cat. no. 121 iv/iv.
Ronald Paulson Hogarth's Graphic Works. Third edition. London, 1989, cat. no. 121 iv/iv.
Cindy McCreery The Satirical Gaze: Prints of Women in Late Eighteenth-Century England. Oxford, 2004, pp. 43-45.