The Rake's Progress, Plate 5

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In the fifth, Tom attempts to salvage his fortune by marrying a rich but aged and ugly old maid at St Marylebone. In the background, Sarah arrives, holding their child while her indignant mother struggles with a guest. It looks as though Tom's eyes are already upon the pretty maid to his new wife's left during the nuptials.

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Hogarth’s symbolic allegorical commentary on the real intent of the wedding: as Rakewell’s basket is empty, so the female dog’s basket of food is full.

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