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Confined in the Fleet Prison

  • 1768
  • Engraved by William Hogarth. Published with the consent of Mrs. Hogarth by Henry Parker at No. 82 in Cornhill, 25 March 1768
  • Image: 8.5 x 11.5 in.
    Engraving on laid paper
  • Not on display
  • Gift of Fisher Scientific International
  • Fisher Collection
  • FA 2000.001.232
  • No known copyright restrictions


The image is the 7th scene of the series A Rake's Progress. The series shows the decline and fall of Tom Rakewell, the heir of a rich merchant, who comes to London and carelessly spends all his money and is imprisoned in Fleet Prison.


His Hours of Joy are fled with rapid speed, And Scenes of Anguish in a Jail succeed,/ His Wife his ear with Loud Reproaches greets,/ (Her wanton Age deserves the Fate it meets)
The swooning Nymph & Child our Pity move/ In Ruin whelm'd by his unfaithful Love/ The Hopes he built on his dramatick Muse,/ Prove empty as the Chymist's golden Views,
Who vainly tries his Furnace and His Wings/ Nor Gold nor Liberty his Project brings,/ Nor he whose Schemes a nations debts discharge/ Can his own Person from Restraint enlarge.

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