artist: William Hogarth (English, b.1697, d.1764); FRSA

25 Jun 1735
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plate from 'The Rake's Progress' the engraving has a very complex narrative and much detail. The engraving depicts a young man in fashionable dress, being measured for clothes by a tailor, who is kneeling on one knee before him, holding a measuring tape and a pair of scissors.
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artist: William Hogarth (English, b.1697, d.1764); FRSA
Production place
London, England
Production date
25 Jun 1735
Media description
engraving on paper
330 x 380 (approximate size)
Measurement details
height: 330mm
width: 380mm
On plate below image: Vanity of age, untoward,
Ever speeny, ever forward
Why these Bells & Massy chains
Squint suspicions jealous pains
Why, thy foilsom Journey o'er
Lay'st though in an useless store
Hope along the time is flown
Ae'r cans't though reap y. field thou'st sewn.
Hast though a son. In time be wise -
the views thy toil with other Eyes -
Needs must thy kind, paternal care,
Lock'd in they Chests, be buried there.
Whence then shall fot u.t friendly ease,
that social converse, home felt Peace,
familiar Duty without Dread,
Instruction from Example bred
that youthfull mind with freedom mend
And with y.s father mix the friend
Invented painted engraved by Wm Hogarth and /
Published June y 25, 1735. According to Act /
of Parliament / plate I (illeg.)
Verso: Adhesive framers label on mount board
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on William Johnston 'A'
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This digital record has been made available on TJC Collection Online through a significant donation from the OPENING DOORS fund, the generous support of The Friends of The Johnston Collection, and Digitisation Champion Christine Bell
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