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Title

Gin Lane

1751


Artist

William Hogarth

England

10 Nov 1697 - 1764


About

The setting is the poverty-stricken slums of St Giles, where the binge drinking of gin was a major social problem. A drunken mother is oblivious to her child’s fall into the stairwell of a gin cellar, while a skeletal ballad singer has passed out nearby. Gripe the pawnbroker is thriving, as people pawn everything for drink. Mothers quieten their babies with gin and children sip it. Hogarth published this print in support of a campaign to stop drunkenness among London’s poor. The Gin Act was passed in 1751, which introduced licensing of retail premises and a greatly reduced consumption.


Details


Date

1751


Media category

Print


Materials used

etching and engraving


Edition

ii/iv states (first published state)


Dimensions

38.5 x 31.9 cm (trimmed to platemark)


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 2011


Location

Not on display


Accession number

323.2011


Artist information

William Hogarth

Works in the collection

28


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Ronald Paulson, Hogarth's graphic works, New Haven, 1965. no.186