In a room hung with black drapes to show mourning, Ramble Gripe, in the company of a pregnant woman holding out a …

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In a room hung with black drapes to show mourning, Ramble Gripe, in the company of a pregnant woman holding out a ring, and her mother with a letter, is measured by a tailor; a coffin lid leans against the fireplace. Engraving by Thomas Bowles, 1735. The scene and characters are based on William Hogarth's A Rake's Progress. Ramble Gripe replaces Tom Rakewell. "The tragedy of the rake follows from the fact that he is the son of a miser: in the world of poetry and drama miserliness begets its contrary". (D Bindman, Hogarth, London 1981, p 64). In tacking up the hangings, a servant disturbs a hidden horde. An emaciated cat stands by a variety of implements such as a candle-snuffer. A smith, using a hammer and chisel attempts to break open a coffer. Hanging on the walls are two scenes on the subject of the Prodigal Son. Created 1735. Contributors: Thomas Bowles, II (active 1712–1767); William Hogarth (1697–1764). Work ID: qxae7ek2.

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