The Harlot's Death
Plate 5 from A Harlot's Progress (London, 1732)

William Hogarth, English, 1697 - 1764


Etching and engraving

Plate: 12 1/2 x 15 1/4 inches (31.8 x 38.7 cm)

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Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Currently not on view

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Purchased with the SmithKline Beckman Corporation Fund, 1949

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Staged as a morality play in six scenes, A Harlot's Progress traces the downfall of lovely, young Mary (or Moll) Hackabout from her first arrival in London from the country, where she quickly becomes the mistress of a rich merchant, through her decline into prostitution, and her death (shown here) from venereal disease. In this scene, a pair of quack physicians is shown quarreling over the merits of their prescriptions while their patient expires.