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In Bedlam: A Rake's Progress, Plate 8

William Hogarth (English, 1697-1764)


The scene is the famous London asylum known as “Bedlam” (Bethlehem Hospital). It is populated by various madmen: a religious fanatic, a mad astronomer searching the heavens with a paper telescope, a tailor in a straw wig, a self-styled king, the self-proclaimed pope, and a mad musician. Tom Rakewell is comforted by the ever-faithful Sarah, while two fashionable ladies visit, as was popular sport in the 18th century.

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 15-1/8 in. (image)
17-1/4 x 23 in. (sheet)
accession number
30.978
credit line
Gift of William George Sullivan
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors