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Creator:
Print made by William Hogarth, 1697–1764, British
After William Hogarth, 1697–1764, British
Title:
A Rake's Progress, Plate 8
Date:
1735
Medium:
Etching with line engraving
Dimensions:
Sheet: 12 3/8 × 15 1/8 inches (31.4 × 38.4 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Lettered below image: "Madness, Thou Chaos of y'e Brain, | What art? That Pleasure giv'st and Pain? | Tyranny of Fancy's Reign! | Mechanic Fancy; that can build | Vast Labarythns, & Mazes wild, | With Rule disjointed, Shapeless Measure, | Fill'd with Horror; fill'd with Pleasure! \ Shapes of Horror; that wou'd even | cast Dought of mercy upon Heaven. | Shapes of Pleasure, that but Seen | Wou'd split the shaking sides of spleen. | O Vanity of Age! here see | The Stamp of Heaven effac'd by Thee | The headstrong course of youth thus run, | What Comfort from this darling Son! | His rattling chains with Terror hear, | Behold Death grappling with Despair; | See Him by Thee to Ruin Sold, | And curse thy self & curse thy Gold. | Invented by Wm. Hogarth & Publish'd According to Act of Parliament June ye. 25, 1735".

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Suzanne and William H. Speaker
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B2019.24.1
Classification:
Prints
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Access:
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:82060
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