Gin lane [graphic] / design'd by W. Hogarth.

Creator:
Hogarth, William, 1697-1764, printmaker.
Edition:
[State 3].
Published/Created:
[London] :
[Wm. Hogarth],
publish'd according to act of Parliamt., Feb. 1, 1751.
Physical Description:
1 print : etching and engraving on laid paper ; plate mark 38.9 x 32.1 cm, on sheet 61.1 x 47.1 cm
Notes:
Title engraved above image.
State and publisher from Paulson.
Verse below image: Gin cursed fiend with fury fraught, makes human race a prey; it enters by a deadly draught, and steals our life away ...
Companion print: Beer Street.
Abstract:
In the streets of the slum Ruins of St. Giles, Westminster, the only business are S. Gripe pawnbroker (left), Kilman Distiller (right) and the undertaker (background right). It is a scene of urban desolation with gin-crazed Londoners -- charity children, mothers and babies, trades people, cripples, etc. -- shown dead or dying, fighting, or stupefied with drink. Notably in the foreground a syphilitic mother sitting on the steps lets her child fall to its death over the railing, towards a flagon labeled "Gin Royal", as she takes a pinch of snuff; below her in the steps, an emaciated, bare-chested ballad-seller sleeps with a glass in one hand and a basket and a jug in the other; the ballad hanging from the basket is entitled 'The downfall of Mdm Gin". His dog looks down at the empty glass. On the right in a crumbling building a barber is shown hanging by his neck; below a crowd is being pushed back towards Kilman Distiller. Mid-ground a woman is being placed in a coffin, her child weeping on the ground beside the coffin. Another child is impaled on a spit and carried along by a cook with a bellows on his head. In the background is the tower of St George's Bloomsbury; in this state, the child's face has been changed so that the face is wizened and the eyes sunken.
Topics:
Building deterioration.
Children.
Crowds.
Death.
Dogs.
Fighting.
Gin.
Intoxication.
Occupations.
Pawnshops.
People with disabilities.
Signs (Notices)
Slums.
Starvation.
Street vendors.
Suicides.
Undertakers.
Topics:
Hogarth, William, 1697-1764, artist, printmaker.
Kinnaird, Charles Kinnaird,--Baron,--1780-1826--Ownership.
Perrins, Charles William Dyson,--1864-1958--Ownership.
Sotheby, Frederick Edward,--1837-1909--Ownership.
Steevens, George,--1736-1800--Ownership.
Language:
English
Genre:
Engravings--England--London--1751.
Etchings--England--London--1751.
Satires (Visual works)--England--1751.
Format:
Image
Rights:
These images are provided for study purposes only. For publication or other use of images from the Library's collection, please contact the Lewis Walpole Library at walpole@yale.edu. Further details on the Library's photoduplication policy are available at http://www.library.yale.edu/walpole/html/research/rights_reproductions.html
Call Number:
Kinnaird
52K(a)
Folio 75 H67 800 v.2 (Oversize) Shelved in solander box
Kinnaird 52K(a) Box 315
Sotheby 67++ Box 315
Orbis Record:
9884834
Yale Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Digital Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Local Record Number:
lwlpr26216a
Citation:
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 3, no. 3136
Paulson, R. Hogarth's graphic works (3rd ed.), no. 186
OID:
16194103
PID:
digcoll:4047367