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His Levee: A Rake's Progress, Plate 2

William Hogarth (English, 1697-1764)


Tom Rakewell (his name appears on the bottom of the scroll of his accounts) has adopted the lifestyle of a gentleman. At his ceremonial morning assembly (levee) in his gracious manor, he is attended by his hirelings: his fencing master, his quarter staff instructor, his French music teacher, his landscape architect, his bodyguard, his master of hounds, and his jockey. Most were recognizable as well-known figures of the day. The man at the harpsichord is likely George Frideric Handel, who before achieving fame as a composer would play harpsichord in fashionable drawing rooms.

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
1735
materials
etching and engraving
dimensions
12-1/4 x 15-1/4 in. (image)
17-1/8 x 23 in. (sheet)
accession number
30.972
credit line
Gift of William George Sullivan
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors