A Harlot's Progress

A Harlot's Progress

Plate Six

Book - 1732
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In the final plate, Moll has died and we see the few mourners, mostly fellow prostitutes, who are present at her wake. One crying woman, we discover, is only upset over her injured finger, while another regards herself in a mirror. The parson's hand is up the skirt of another prostitute, and Moll's madam appears to mourn, but has been imbibing heavily from a bottle of brandy at her side. Nearly everyone is apparently drunk and some are using Moll's opened coffin as a bar top. Moll's son, who seems somewhat simple-minded and is perhaps inflicted with disease himself, sits on the floor nearby. The white hat on the back wall is the one Moll wore in the very first plate and reminds the viewer of her ill-conceived and ultimately doomed progress.
Publisher: [s.l.] : [s.n.], 1732.
Characteristics: 1 image file : digital, JPEG.
Additional Contributors: Hogarth, William - Artist

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