The slough of despond

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“Wardle, in back view in civilian dress, walks off with Mrs. Clarke seated on his right shoulder; a paper, ‘C. Wardle’, projects from his pocket. She looks back to point derisively down at the Duke of York who is falling into a watery swamp. She says: “There goes his —— Honor!!” He shakes his fist at the couple. Beside him are his cocked hat and a broken sword inscribed ‘from Holland’. Wardle walks uphill towards the temple of ‘Truth’; a (naked) figure holds out draperies. In the swamp is a board: ‘A Caution’.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Title: The slough of despond [graphic] / etchd. by I Spy I.
  • Publication: [London] : [publisher not identified], [ca. March 1809]

Catalog Record


Acquired May 2021


A falling man

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A stout, bald man fallen on his back, supports himself with his one hand and one arm on the ground; one foot raised.

  • Printmaker: Livesay, Richard, 1750-1826, printmaker.
  • Title: [A falling man] [graphic] / Hogarth delint. ; Livesay fecit.
  • Published: [London] : Published Octr. 1788 by Thos. King, New Broad Street [October 1788]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

Hogarth 788.10.00.01

Acquired April 2013