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The Quarrel: A Harlot's Progress, Plate 2

William Hogarth (English, 1697-1764)


Having fallen into the clutches of Mother Needham, the country girl is now a kept woman (harlot), the mistress of a wealthy Londoner. She distracts him by kicking over a tray to mask the departure of her more handsome lover, who is being ushered out by a maidservant. The Old Testament subjects of the paintings on the wall foretell divine punishment.

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

Object Information

artist
William Hogarth (English, 1697-1764)
creation date
1732
materials
etching and engraving
dimensions
11-3/4 x 14-5/8 in. (image)
16-1/2 x 19 in. (sheet)
mark descriptions
"Wm. Hogarth invt. pinxt. et sculpt."
accession number
30.966
credit line
Gift of William George Sullivan
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors