A Harlot's Progress - Plate 2: 1732
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A scene from Hogarth's 'A Harlot's Progress'. In the second plate of this Hogarth satire, the Harlot, Mary Hackabout has become the mistress of a wealthy Jew. She kicks over a table in front of him to distract his attention from her younger lover, who is creeping out of the room. Next to her is a Black servant boy. Although he is finely dressed, his silver collar affirms his status as a slave. In his book 'Hogarth's Blacks' David Dabydeen also notes the 'the monkey and the mahogany table'. These elements indicate that the Jew is a merchant whose money comes from the slave trade or its products in the colonies. It was common to satirise Jews as being unscrupulous in business, though Hogarth equally caricatures all rich Londoners who profit from the colonies.
1732 AD - 1732 AD