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Title

Gin Lane

1751

Artist

William Hogarth

England

10 Nov 1697 - 25 or 26 October 1764

  • 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    William Hogarth

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

  • Provenance

    Andrew Edmunds Prints & Drawings, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from Andrew Edmunds Prints & Drawings 2011

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