A Harlot’s Progress


Hogarth’s ‘A Harlot’s Progress’ charts the unfortunate fall of the likeable Moll Hackabout from pretty young ingénue to prostitute after her arrival in London. First appearing as a series of paintings, it was then reproduced as engraved prints. They were sometimes presented as three or even six captioned images on one page, creating a sequential visual narrative that was a forerunner of the comics. This set of engravings were included as illustrations in the 1848 edition of Joseph Gay’s Lure of Venus.

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