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Her Funeral: A Harlot's Progress, Plate 6

William Hogarth (English, 1697-1764)


Mary Hackabout’s wake is a cold, sham affair. The undertaker dallies with a woman by the window, while the parson uses his hat to conceal what his right hand is up to. Mary’s son winds a top, and a woman behind the coffin cries—not in sorrow, but for a pricked finger. The only true lamentation comes from the woman in the right foreground, who was likely Mary’s “bawd” (pimp) and who mourns her lost percentage.

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 14-7/8 in. (image)
16-3/8 x 19-3/8 in. (sheet)
mark descriptions
"Wm. Hogarth invt. pinxt. et sculpt."
accession number
30.970
credit line
Gift of William George Sullivan
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors