Recommended by Nick Poingdestre – Finance Officer

  • A RAKE’S PROGRESS: TAVERN SCENE
  • William Hogarth, 1732-3
  • Oil on canvas

‘A Rake’s Progress’ is a series of 8 oil paintings telling the story of Tom Rakewell’s move to London and how its vices draw him in and then down. The detail in each is extraordinary and there are numerous incidents within each as the story unfolds. More than art this is story telling for the illiterate and over-riding the entire series is humour – both subtle and bawdy. I’m sure somebody clever could draw a thread from Hogarth to the ‘Carry Ons’. ‘The Rake’s Progress’ can be viewed at the Sir John Soane’s museum in London’s Lincoln Inns Fields.