Rake's Progress Plate VI

Rake's Progress Plate VI

Date: 1820
Dimensions:
350 x 404 mm
Medium: Engraving
Object number: PT2095.3
DescriptionA Rake's Progress
Craddock & Baldwin Edition 1820
Tom's marriage of convenience to the wealthy widow confirms rather than cures his overspending nature. In this engraving we find the Rake losing his fortune again, this time in a gaming house, probably in Covent Garden. In the crowded room fortunes are being won and lost around the card tables. A vicar clenches his fists to his hat, in obvious despair at losing his or the church's money.
An aristocrat in the background is brandishing his sword angrily and is restrained by another man.
A moneylender at another table is writing a note to an aristocrat so he can continue to gamble. Everyone is so engrossed in the atmosphere that almost know one pays attention to the night watchman with his sick and lantern pointing to the smoke pouring from the ceiling. In the middle of this scene we see Tom, without his wig on the floor, against his overturned chair, down on one knee, his fist is in the air railing against God or fate. Hogarth makes reference to his poor mental state has we see a black dog, a traditional symbol of depression, barking and leaping towards him.
Plate VI Scene in a Gaming House
1735. Etching and Engraving. 35.2 x 41.0 cm
Engraver: William Hogarth (1697-1764)
Below Plate: Invented, Painted, &Engrav'd by Wm. Hogarth & Published June ye. 25, 1735 according to Act of Parliament Sold at ye Golden Head in Leicsterfields London Plate 6
A Later Printing by Craddock & Baldwin
Poulson 137
PT2095.3