::A Rake's Progress


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A Rake's Progress is a series of eight paintings by 18th-century English artist William Hogarth. The canvases were produced in 1732–33, then engraved and published in print form in 1735. The series shows the decline and fall of Tom Rakewell, the spendthrift son and heir of a rich merchant, who comes to London, wastes all his money on luxurious living, prostitution and gambling, and as a consequence is imprisoned in the Fleet Prison and ultimately Bethlem Hospital, or Bedlam.<ref>Bindman, David. Hogarth, Thames and Hudson, 1981. ISBN 0-500-20182-X</ref> The original paintings are in the collection of Sir John Soane's Museum in London, where they are normally on display.

The filmmaker Alan Parker has described the works as an ancestor to the storyboard.<ref>Life: The Observer Magazine – A celebration of 500 years of British Art – 19 March 2000</ref>

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