The Harlot's Death
Plate 5 from A Harlot's Progress (London, 1732)
William Hogarth, English, 1697 - 1764
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.