Her Funeral: A Harlot's Progress, Plate 6

 
Series
A Harlot's Progress
Artist
Creation date
Materials
etching and engraving
Mark Descriptions
"Wm. Hogarth invt. pinxt. et sculpt."
Dimensions
11 3/4 x 14 7/8 in. (image) 16 3/8 x 19 3/8 in. (sheet)
Credit line
Gift of William George Sullivan
Accession number
30.970
Collection
Not Currently On View

Mary Hackabout’s wake is a cold, sham affair. The undertaker dallies with a woman by the window, while the parson uses his hat to conceal what his right hand is up to. Mary’s son winds a top, and a woman behind the coffin cries—not in sorrow, but for a pricked finger. The only true lamentation comes from the woman in the right foreground, who was likely Mary’s “bawd” (pimp) and who mourns her lost percentage.

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