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Plate I, The Arrival of the Harlot in London
 
A Harlot's Progress
Title A Harlot's Progress
Plate I, The Arrival of the Harlot in London
Artist William Hogarth
Date 1732 (reprinted c. 1822)
Medium Etching and engraving
Location The Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections, Northwestern University

Polly (Moll) Hackabout, a beautiful and innocent young country girl, has just stepped out of her carriage into London's Thames Street. The Procuress Needham, a well-known bawd of her time, welcomes and inspects Moll, recruiting her for her new profession.

 

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