Debtor's prison by Hogarth, 18th century

Debtor's prison by Hogarth, 18th century

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Credit: The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection/NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY/ SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Debtor's prison. Satirical artwork by the English artist William Hogarth (1697-1764) titled 'Confined in the Fleet Prison'. This work is the seventh in a series of eight artworks called 'The Rake's Progress'. This series traces the decline and fall of Tom Rakewell, the heir of a rich merchant, who comes to London and carelessly spends all his money and as a debtor is jailed in Fleet Prison. The inscription across bottom refers to his wife's reproaches, a swooning woman and child, and the chemist (alchemist) by the furnace (background). The original artworks date from the 1730s, with this print published in 1735.

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