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William Hogarth (1697 - 1764)

A Rake's Progress I: The Heir


Oil on canvas

Height: 62.2cm
Width: 75cm

Museum number: P40

Provenance help-art-provenance

The previous owner of the Rake's Progress series was William Beckford of Fonthill who bought them at Hogarth's auction in 1745. The paintings were originally produced by Hogarth as preparatory works for engravings published in 1735. Buyers could see the paintings before deciding to subscribe to a set of engravings. Soane purchased the series from the sale of the contents of Fonthill Splendens at Christie's, 1802.


Britton, Union, 1827, pp. 40, 53-54
Soane, Description, 1830, p.15 and 41
Description, 1835, pp. 16 and 23
David Kunzle, 'Plagiaries by Memory of A Rake's Progress', Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, Vol. XXIX, 1966
Paulson, Ronald, Hogarth: His Life, Art and Times, 1971, vol. I pp. 322-333 and passim
Bindman, David, Hogarth, 1981, pp. 62-71 and passim
Einberg, Elizabeth, Manners and Morals: Hogarth and British Painting 1700-1760, exh. cat., Tate Gallery, 1987, cat. 74-81, pp. 96-97
Feinberg Millenson, S., Sir John Soane's Museum, 1987, p.78
Christina Scull, The Soane Hogarths, 1991
Paulson, Ronald, Hogarth, 3 volumes, 1991-93, pp. 20-35 and passim
Thornton and Dorey, Miscellany, 1992, pp.vii,122 and 126.
Simon, Robin and Woodward, Christopher (eds), A Rake's Progress: From Hogarth to Hockney, Exhibition Catalogue, published by Apollo for Sir John Soane's Museum, 1997
republished as Apollo, vol. CXLVIII, no. 437, August 1998 (special issue on A Rake's Progress)
Tharp, Lars, Hogarth's China: Hogarth's paintings and 18th-century ceramics, 1997, pp.58-63
Uglow, Jenny, Hogarth: A Life and a World, 1997, 239-40 and passim
Christopher Woodward, 'William Beckford and Fonthill Splendens: early works by Soane and Goodridge', Apollo, 432, 1998, pp. 31-40
Craske, Matthew, William Hogarth, 2000, passim
Hallett, Mark and Riding, Christine, Hogarth, exhibition catalogue, Tate, 2006, cat. 44 (the series), pp. 86-93
Christina Scull, The Soane Hogarths, second revised edition, 2007, pp.31-49 and passim
New Description, 2007, pp.20, 22-26 and 97
J. Tinworth, 'Life in Hogarth's London', Minerva, September/October 2019 pp.40-45

Exhibition history

Hogarth, Tate Britain, London, 2 December 1971 - 6 February 1972
Hogarth, Tate Britain, London, 5 February - 29 April 2007
Manners & Morals - Hogarth and British Painting 1700-1760, Tate Britain, London, 15 October 1987 - 3 January 1988
The Rake's Progress: From Hogarth to Hockney, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 26 March - 31 August 1997
The Soane Hogarths, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 30 March - 19 June 2004; 26 August 2005 - 25 February 2006

Associated objects

P41, series
P42, series
P43, series
P44, series
P45, series
P46, series
P47, series

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: worksofart@soane.org.uk