The Marriage
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Hogarth's Rake is flat broke and committed to not working a day of his life. In painting five of the series "A Rake's Progres" his solution is to marry a rich elderly woman. 

His former fiancé, who used her savings to keep the Rake out of debtor’s prison, is jilted for a second time (the first time is in The Heir).

Tom’s strategy is a good one, it’s the 1700s and by law husbands are all powerful. They can do whatever they want with their wives’ wealth.

While Tom is getting ready to slide a ring on his elderly lovely’s finger, Hogarth’s own pug, Pugg, is working his charm on a one-eyed bitch.



Christina Scull, The Soane Hogarths. Sir John Soane’s Museum, 2nd edition 2007.