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Encyclopedia > A Rake's Progress
Plate 3 - Tom succumbs to the pleasures of the flesh at The Rose Tavern, Drury Lane.
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Plate 3 - Tom succumbs to the pleasures of the flesh at The Rose Tavern, Drury Lane.
Plate 8 - Tom is imprisoned at Bedlam.
Plate 8 - Tom is imprisoned at Bedlam.

A Rake's Progress is a series of the paintings and engravings by William Hogarth made from 1733 to 1735. The eight pictures show the decline and fall of Tom Rakewell, the spendthrift son and heir of a rich merchant, who comes to London, wastes all his money on luxurious living, whoring and gambling, and as a consequence is imprisoned in the Fleet Prison and ultimately Bedlam. The tavern scene from The Rakes Progress by William Hogarth (eighteenth century) This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... The tavern scene from The Rakes Progress by William Hogarth (eighteenth century) This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... This article is about a street in London called Drury Lane. ... Image of Bethlem hospital from Hogarths A Rakes Progress (1735) This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... Image of Bethlem hospital from Hogarths A Rakes Progress (1735) This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... The Bethlem Royal Hospital, (which has been variously known as Bethlem Hospital, Bethlehem Hospital and Bedlam) is the worlds oldest madhouse or psychiatric hospital. ... William Hogarth William Hogarth (November 10, 1697 – October 26, 1764) was a major British painter, engraver, pictorial satirist, and editorial cartoonist who has been credited as a pioneer in western sequential art. ... Events February 12 - British colonist James Oglethorpe founds Savannah, Georgia. ... Events 16 April - The London premiere of Alcina by George Frideric Handel, his first the first Italian opera for the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden. ... A Spendthrift is someone who spends money prodigally and is extravagant and recklessly wasteful. ... The Clock Tower of the Palace of Westminster which contains Big Ben Tower Bridge at night A red double-decker bus crosses Piccadilly Circus. ... Prostitution is the sale of sexual services, such as oral sex or sexual intercourse, for money. ... Gambling (or betting) is any behavior involving risking money or valuables (making a wager or placing a stake) on the outcome of a game, contest, or other event in which the outcome of that activity depends partially or totally upon chance or upon ones ability to do something. ... A prison is a place in which people are confined and deprived of a range of liberties. ... Fleet Prison was a notorious London prison. ... The Bethlem Royal Hospital, (which has been variously known as Bethlem Hospital, Bethlehem Hospital and Bedlam) is the worlds oldest madhouse or psychiatric hospital. ...


The original paintings can be seen in the painting room at the Soane Museum in London. The Soane Museum is a museum of architecture, and was formerly the house and studio of Sir John Soane. ...


The libretto of The Rake's Progress, written by W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman to a score by Igor Stravinsky, is loosly based on the story from Hogarth's paintings. A libretto is the body of words used in an extended musical work such as an opera, operetta, oratorio, or musical. ... The Rakes Progress is an English opera in three acts and an epilogue by Igor Stravinsky. ... Christopher Isherwood and W.H. Auden, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1939 Wystan Hugh Auden (February 21, 1907–September 29, 1973) was an English poet. ... Chester Kallman (7 January 1921 – 18 January 1975) was an American poet, librettist, and translator, best known for his collaborations with Igor Stravinsky Kallman was born in Brooklyn. ... Igor Fyodorovitch Stravinsky (Russian: ) (June 17, 1882 – April 6, 1971) was Russian-American composer of modern classical music. ...


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