blackguard, bounder, dog, heel, hound
Posted on 19/05/2011
A Rake’s Progress is a series of eight paintings by 18th century English artist William Hogarth. The series shows the decline and fall of Tom Rakewell, the spendthrift son and heir of a rich merchant, who comes to London, wastes all his money on luxurious living, prostitution and gambling, and as a consequence is imprisoned in the Fleet Prison and ultimately Bethlem Hospital, or Bedlam. The original paintings are currently in the collection of the Soane Museum in London.