Hogarth on venereal disease, 1730s

Hogarth on venereal disease, 1730s

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Caption: Hogarth on venereal disease. Sixth scene from 'A Harlot's Progress', a series of six engravings from 1732 by English artist William Hogarth (1697-1764), telling the story of a young woman who becomes a prostitute and dies from venereal (sexually transmitted) disease. In the previous scene, she was shown dying from syphilis. This final scene shows her coffin attended by mourners (mostly other prostitutes) and a parson (left), her maid (lower right) crying and drinking brandy in a chair, and her son (in front of the coffin). Here, Hogarth's work has inspired and is being used to illustrate John Durant Breval (Joseph Gay)'s poem 'The Lure of Venus' (1733).

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