Harlot's Progress

William Hogarth drew a series of 6 engravings showing the descent of an innocent lady into prostitution, despair and ultimately death. In many ways, it was a parody of Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress designed to satire the inevitability of the corruption of an innocent who arrives in London. Many people agreed with Hogarth that cities were corrupting places that brought out the worst of mankind. It was thinking along these lines that helped make transportation to colonies a more acceptable policy.

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by Stephen Luscombe