He and His Drunken Companions Raise a Riot in Covent Garden.Young Ramble without witt or dread / Does now a drunken party head / They Sally forth and Scowr the street / And play the Devil with all they meet [...]
Rare engraving, sheet 265 x 320mm (10½ x 12½"). Trimmed inside platemark; false margins added; fold through centre.
Scene in Covent Garden Piazza with a group of drunken young men accosting passing women, provoking the watch to set about them with staves. Plate from 'The progress of a rake, exemplified in the Adventures of Ramble Gripe Esq son of Sir Positive Gripe', a plagiarism of Hogarth's 'Rake's Progress' presumably rushed out before the Copyright Act of June 1735 limited the many copies of Hogarth's work. This plate is not based directly on any of Hogarth's plates, although it corresponds with the boisterous mood of plate three in Hogarth's set in which the protagonist Tom Rakewell carouses with harlots.
BM Satires 2186/7. Ex: The Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd Collection.
[Ref: 38863] £320.00