Apprehended by a Magistrate: A Harlot's Progress, Plate 3

A Harlot's Progress
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etching and engraving
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"Wm. Hogarth invt. pinxt. et sculpt."
11 5/8 x 14 3/4 in. (image) 16 5/8 x 19 3/8 in. (sheet)
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Gift of William George Sullivan
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Not Currently On View

The harlot, who we learn from the letter in the drawer is named M[ary] Hackabout (slang for prostitute), is living in reduced circumstances, having lost her wealthy protector. She examines a watch, likely stolen from a client of the previous night. She is accosted by bailiffs led by a magistrate recognizable as Sir John Gonson, a crusader against prostitution in London.

William George Sullivan; given to the John Herron Art Institute, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1930.
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