His Levee: A Rake's Progress, Plate 2

A Rake's Progress
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etching and engraving
12 1/4 x 15 1/4 in. (image) 17 1/8 x 23 in. (sheet)
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Gift of William George Sullivan
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Tom Rakewell (his name appears on the bottom of the scroll of his accounts) has adopted the lifestyle of a gentleman. At his ceremonial morning assembly (levee) in his gracious manor, he is attended by his hirelings: his fencing master, his quarter staff instructor, his French music teacher, his landscape architect, his bodyguard, his master of hounds, and his jockey. Most were recognizable as well-known figures of the day. The man at the harpsichord is likely George Frideric Handel, who before achieving fame as a composer would play harpsichord in fashionable drawing rooms.

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