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

Moll has passed away at twenty-three years of age, yet her funeral attendants show no remorse. The clergyman's hand is hidden up the skirt of the prostitute beside him, while Moll's orphaned son plays unknowingly in the foreground. Her faithful companion-to-the-end beats her fist in disgust at the lack of grieving. One young harlot examines Moll's corpse with a sad yet hopeless expression: the cycle is repeated.

 

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