The rake carouses in a tavern full of prostitutes

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The rake carouses in a tavern full of prostitutes. Engraving by Thomas Bowles, 1735. Drury Lane, Covent Garden was notorious for "disorderly" taverns and "bawdy" brothels. The whores "dally, quarrel, smoke and quaff" accompanied by harp and violin music. On the walls are a variety of pictures. From left to right they are inscribed "Polly Peacham, "Capn. Mackheath", "Tiberius Caesar", "The famous Seven wonders of the world", "Caesar Augustus", " Julius Caesar", "Sarah Malcolm" and "Nero". One of the whores kisses the portrait of Dr Henry Sacheverell (1674–1724), a seditious preacher. Created 1735. Drury Lane (London, England). Henry Sacheverell (1674?-1724). Contributors: Thomas Bowles, II (active 1712–1767); William Hogarth (1697–1764). Work ID: uh5cr6y9.

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