Title engraved above image. State from Paulson. Companion print: Gin Lane. "Price 1s"-- Lower right corner of plate. Four lines of verse iin each of three columns etched below image, beginning: "Beer, happy Produce of our Isle, Can sinewy Strength impart ..."
"A flourishing urban scene with well fed citizens; in the foreground, butchers, fish wives and a City of London porter hold large tankards of beer; a butcher lifts a skinny Frenchman into the air with one hand; in the background, paviours repair the street, chairmen carry a stout lady, tailors sew in a well lit attic, builders work on the roof of a house clad with scaffolding, and a warehouseman hauls a barrel to an upper storey - all are drinking beer; poverty appears only in the ragged coat of the artist painting the tavern sign and, more particularly, in the collapsing house of "N Pinch Pawn Broker"--British Museum online catalogue.
Beer. Bricklayers. Butchers. Carriages & coaches. City & town life. Eating & drinking. Fishmongers. Occupations. Painters (Tradespeople) Street vendors. Tailors. Taverns (Inns) Usury.
Hogarth, William, 1697-1764, artist, printmaker. Perrins, Charles William Dyson,--1864-1958--Ownership. Sotheby, Frederick Edward,--1837-1909--Ownership. Steevens, George,--1736-1800--Ownership.
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