"she exactly resembled the young woman who was pouring out her mistress's tea in the third pictures of the Harlot's Progress"
The Harlot's Progress, Plate 3
Public DomainThe Harlot's Progress, Plate 3 - Credit: William Hogarth 1731

Harlot's Progress is a series of six paintings completed in 1731 by William Hogarth.  It tells the story of a young woman, Mary Hackabout, who arrives in London from the country and becomes a prostitute.  Mary’s character shares her surname with Kate Hackabout, a notorious prostitute at the time.  The series began with the third image. Having painted a prostitute in her boudoir in a garret on Drury Lane, Hogarth decided to create scenes from her earlier and later life as well.  In the first scene, an old woman praises her beauty and suggests a profitable occupation, procuring her for a gentleman.  In the second scene she is a mistress with two lovers. In the third she has become a common prostitute on the point of being arrested. In the fourth she is in Bridewell Prison, beating hemp.  In the fifth, she is dying from venereal disease.  In the sixth, she is dead at age 23.  The paintings proved very popular, and Hogarth followed up with a set of engravings of the images in 1732.