Raking over the coals of Hell: the deviant philosophy of ‘do what you will’

How the dissolute ‘Hellfire Clubs’ of the 18th century fanned the flames of notoriety down to our own times

William Hogarth’s ‘A Rake’s Progress’, Tavern Scene, 1732–33
The 2019 edition
Geoffrey Ashe
The 2005 edition
The 1974 edition
Sir Francis Dashwood by William Hogarth, c1764
Medmenham Abbey

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