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This image is from Hogarth’s famous series of prints the Harlot’s Progress, which tells the story of a woman coming to London from the country, taking up prostitution, being sent to prison and eventually dying of the sexually transmitted disease, syphilis.  Dozens of infamous bawdy-houses could be found up narrow alleyways  side streets, and even ships moored on the Thames were converted into brothels.

The Harlot's Progress - William Hogarth

William Hogarth A Harlots Progress.  Britain’s only dedicated cartoon museum is celebrating its 10th birthday with a joyous exhibition of The Great British Graphic Novel. From literary adaptations, modern retellings of the classics, and autobiography, to fantasy, political biographies, histories and more, the Great British Graphic novel covers every conceivable genre of storytelling, and the very best of each will be …

William Hogarth (English, “Arrival in London” from the series “A Harlot’s Progress,” Indianapolis Museum of Art, Gift of William George Sullivan,

A Georgian Christmas -- George I reintroduces the tradition of Christmas pudding

may be over, but any day is a good day to make Philadelphia Fish House Punch: That famous blend of cognac, peach brandy, rum, black tea and citrus.

William Hogart (1738) The Four Times of Day Plate II, Noon

William Hogarth 'Noon from Four Times of the Day'. St Giles Church and Rookery (slum)

William Hogarth 027 - Brothel - Wikipedia

William Hogarth 027 - Brothel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Taste in High Life",1746 William Hogarth http://georgianromancewriter.blogspot.co.uk/

Silver Service Slavery: The Black Presence in the White Home - William Hogarth, 'Taste in High Life', England,

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William Hogarth A Harlot's Progress Plate III, The Harlot at Her Dwelling in Drury Lane

Textile manufacturing, in particular silk weaving, formed the largest single occupation for the French refugees. This work was concentrated in Spitalfields, and a substantial number of large workshops were established. These employed many hands and made their owners extremely wealthy. By 1747 Hogarth could knowingly depict his "Industrious Apprentice", Francis Goodchild, entrusted with a large silk-ribbon manufactory in Spitalfields, on his way to becoming Lord Mayor of London. This…

From the Harvard Art Museums’ collections The Industrious 'Prentice a Favorite and Entrusted by his Master

Michael Finney Antique Prints - William Hogarth - The Four Stages of Cruelty.

Les 3 'The Four Stages of Cruelty' Door William Hogarth (Vanderbilt University Art Gallery, Nashville, TN)