- 15 June 2016
Location 1: Bethlehem Hospital
Hogarth’s final plate of A Rake's Progress presents the world in madness, embodied in the incurables ward of Bethlehem Hospital, Bedlam. Among the generic tropes of madmen—religious and political fanatics, a tailor, a musician, an unrequited lover—is a very specific scientific reference, to the problem of establishing longitude at sea. This shadowy figure is barely considered by Hogarth scholars, but was very legible to Hogarth’s contemporaries.