by Hogarth, William.
The complete suite of six prints with the image of each measuring approximately 12" x 15". Engraved titles and publication credit appears below each image within the plate lines. This suite of prints is from the 1821 restrike by Thomas Cooke. The dire consequences of moral laxity, a recurrent theme in Hogarth's work, are presented in this tragic tale of an innocent country girl's sojourn to the city. In these six plates, Hogarth tracks Mary Hackabout's desperate plight, from her arrival in the city into the hands of the notorious procuress, Mother Needham, to her transformation into a kept mistress, street moll, prisoner, and disease-ridden invalid, to her inevitable death from syphilis. Each engraving has been professionally cleaned, deacidified, and matted in acid-free materials ready for framing. These images are clean, clear and bright and will provide hours of pleasurable study of Hogarth's observations and satiric commentary of eighteenth century English society at about one-third of the cost of the original impressions of 1735. Paulson 121-26. (Inventory #: 7129)