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Apprehended By A Magistrate: A Harlot's Progress, Plate 3

William Hogarth (English, 1697-1764)


The harlot, who we learn from the letter in the drawer is named M[ary] Hackabout (slang for prostitute), is living in reduced circumstances, having lost her wealthy protector. She examines a watch, likely stolen from a client of the previous night. She is accosted by bailiffs led by a magistrate recognizable as Sir John Gonson, a crusader against prostitution in London.

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
11-5/8 x 14-3/4 in. (image)
16-5/8 x 19-3/8 in. (sheet)
mark descriptions
"Wm. Hogarth invt. pinxt. et sculpt."
accession number
30.967
credit line
Gift of William George Sullivan
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors