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A Harlot's Progress Plate III, The Harlot at Her Dwelling in Drury Lane
Title A Harlot's Progress Plate III, The Harlot at Her Dwelling in Drury Lane
Artist William Hogarth
Date 1732 (reprinted c. 1822)
Medium Etching and engraving
Location The Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections, Northwestern University

An elderly female companion, her nose decayed by syphilis, joins Moll as her protector and maidservant. Moll's one-room dwelling bears the trophies of her trade: two vials of 'cures' for venereal disease rest conveniently on the portraits above her bed, while Moll dangles a watch stolen from last night's customer. Her preparation for her next client will soon be interrupted by her arrest.

 

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