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

Sentenced to Bridewell Prison and no longer self-employed, Moll is forced to beat hemp with the other inmates. Moll's faithful companion flashes a leg in the right foreground to distract the guards and allow Moll to rest.

 

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