- A Rake's Progress, Plate 8
- Etching with line engraving
- Sheet: 12 3/8 × 15 1/8 inches (31.4 × 38.4 cm)
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:
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Print made by William Hogarth, 1697–1764, British, A Rake's Progress, Plate 8, 1735
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