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"Exploring the Depths of Drunkenness

Background imageDrunk Collection: HOGARTH: GIN LANE. Beer Street and Gin Lane. Steel engraving, c1860

HOGARTH: GIN LANE. Beer Street and Gin Lane. Steel engraving, c1860, after the original by William Hogarth (1697-1764)

Background imageDrunk Collection: Gin Lane, 1751. Artist: William Hogarth

Gin Lane, 1751. Artist: William Hogarth
Gin Lane, 1751.The scene is the St Giles slums. A child falls to its death from the arms of its drunk mother who sits with ulcerated legs. A skeletal figure holds an empty glass

Background imageDrunk Collection: HOGARTH: BEER STREET. Beer Street and Gin Lane. Steel engraving, c1860

HOGARTH: BEER STREET. Beer Street and Gin Lane. Steel engraving, c1860, after the original by William Hogarth

Background imageDrunk Collection: Roman statue of a drunken Hercules

Roman statue of a drunken Hercules. The mythical Greek hero Heracles, son of Zeus and the mortal Alcmene

Background imageDrunk Collection: His Masters Breath - Satire

His Masters Breath - Satire
His Masters Breath Satirical play on the dog/gramophone logo for His Masters Voice, substituting the music player for a whiskey jar and funnel

Background imageDrunk Collection: William Hogarth Gin Lane

William Hogarth Gin Lane
Vintage engraving of showing a scene from William Hogarths Beer Street and Gin Lane. They depict the evils of the consumption of gin as a contrast to the merits of drinking beer

Background imageDrunk Collection: The Gin Shop, 1829

The Gin Shop, 1829
The Gin Shop, pub. 1829 (hand coloured engraving)

Background imageDrunk Collection: Gin Lane (engraving)

Gin Lane (engraving)
3648022 Gin Lane (engraving) by Hogarth, William (1697-1764) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Gin Lane. Illustration for Kulturgeschichtliches Bilderbuch aus drei Jahrhunderten by Georg Hirth)

Background imageDrunk Collection: Chef; Le Cuisinier, (oil on canvas)

Chef; Le Cuisinier, (oil on canvas)
653335 Chef; Le Cuisinier, (oil on canvas) by Lebasque, Henri (1865-1937); 64.7x54.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Chef; Le Cuisinier. Henri Lebasque (1865-1937). Oil on canvas

Background imageDrunk Collection: Night and Morning (coloured etching)

Night and Morning (coloured etching)
STC188361 Night and Morning (coloured etching) by Seymour, Robert (1798-1836); Private Collection; (add.info.: Shortshanks was Seymours shortlived pseudonym)

Background imageDrunk Collection: Gin Lane (Beer Street and Gin Lane 2), 1751. Artist: Hogarth, William (1697-1764)

Gin Lane (Beer Street and Gin Lane 2), 1751. Artist: Hogarth, William (1697-1764)
Gin Lane (Beer Street and Gin Lane 2), 1751. From a private collection

Background imageDrunk Collection: A Man Loaded with Mischief, or Matrimony, c. 1766 (colour etching)

A Man Loaded with Mischief, or Matrimony, c. 1766 (colour etching)
XCF290992 A Man Loaded with Mischief, or Matrimony, c.1766 (colour etching) by English School, (18th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: subtitled A Monkey, A Magpie and Wife)

Background imageDrunk Collection: Gin Lane

Gin Lane
This print was published as a pair with Beer Street and contrasted the health and productivity benefits of drinking beer with the vice of gin drinking

Background imageDrunk Collection: Railway Sleeper - Euston Station

Railway Sleeper - Euston Station
The Railway Sleeper series - A snoozing Scottish football fan at Euston Station awaiting his return train back north of the border. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageDrunk Collection: Buster Keaton and Phyllis Barry in Edward Sedgwicks What! No Beer? (1933)

Buster Keaton and Phyllis Barry in Edward Sedgwicks What! No Beer? (1933)
Buster Keaton and Phyllis Barry in What! No Beer (1933)

Background imageDrunk Collection: Revelling with Harlots, plate III of A Rakes Progress, 1735

Revelling with Harlots, plate III of A Rakes Progress, 1735. Tom Rakewell and a companion consorting with harlots in a tavern

Background imageDrunk Collection: Drunk Warrior and Court Jester, Italian painting of 19th century. Artist: Casimiro Tomba

Drunk Warrior and Court Jester, Italian painting of 19th century. Artist: Casimiro Tomba
Drunk Warrior and Court Jester, Italian painting of 19th century. Tomba, Casimiro (1857-1929). Found in the collection of the M. Kroshitsky Art Museum, Sevastopol

Background imageDrunk Collection: Dulux Dog Drunk

Dulux Dog Drunk
22nd August 1972: Dash, the famous old English sheep dog who has starred in the Dulux paint commercials for 12 years at the reception held in honour of his retirement

Background imageDrunk Collection: DRUNK MONK

DRUNK MONK
A portly monk with a moustache smiles to himself as he prepares to drink a glass of wine or a similar tipple

Background imageDrunk Collection: Beer Street, 1751. Artist: William Hogarth

Beer Street, 1751. Artist: William Hogarth
Beer Street, 1751. Working people enjoying a tankard of beer outside the Barley Mow public house. The figures include two women with baskets of fish and a butcher holding a joint of meat

Background imageDrunk Collection: Sober Amongst the Drunk

Sober Amongst the Drunk
" I m condemned to drinking nothing but Vichy Water..." ; the lament of a sober man in between two tipsy young women. Date: 1921

Background imageDrunk Collection: Robert Burns character Tam O Shanter

Robert Burns character Tam O Shanter
Tam O Shanter about to ride, from a poem by Robert Burns. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century John Faed illustration

Background imageDrunk Collection: His Masters Vice by George Studdy

His Masters Vice by George Studdy
Bonzo finds that consumption of his masters favourite drink has an unforeseen effect. A small puppy lies in a deliciously drunken stupour after helping himself to perhaps some gin or whiskey from a

Background imageDrunk Collection: London Gin Palace 1820

London Gin Palace 1820
Tom and Jerry at a London Gin Shop, drinking Blue Ruin with a variety of fellow-customers

Background imageDrunk Collection: Landing at Greenwich, c1780. Artist: Thomas Rowlandson

Landing at Greenwich, c1780. Artist: Thomas Rowlandson
Landing at Greenwich, c1780. Watercolour held at The Victoria and Albert Museum, London. From The Studio Volume 124. [The Studio Ltd, London & New York, 1942]

Background imageDrunk Collection: MONK DRINKING WINE. Good Old Wine. Wood engraving, 19th century

MONK DRINKING WINE. Good Old Wine. Wood engraving, 19th century

Background imageDrunk Collection: His Masters Vice

His Masters Vice
Bonzo asleep with his head in a glass after helping himself to the Masters drinks supply. Date: circa 1922

Background imageDrunk Collection: Typical Scene in Pub

Typical Scene in Pub
A typical pub scene - one drunk gets aggressive, another over-cheerful; young children purchase drink and old women gossip... and the landlord pours

Background imageDrunk Collection: Mr Popple Drunk 1898

Mr Popple Drunk 1898
After a convivial hunt breakfast at Hopham Hall, Mr Popple is found drunk and disorderly in charge of a horse

Background imageDrunk Collection: Is that You, Daddy?

Is that You, Daddy?
IS THAT YOU, DADDY ? Propaganda for prohibition presupposes that every man who patronises a bar will become a drunken sot

Background imageDrunk Collection: The dram drinker

The dram drinker
A scruffy dram drinker keenly slurps on a glass of gin at one of Londons many gin palaces; the engraving accompanies an article highlighting the depravity of the gin palace in Victorian society

Background imageDrunk Collection: Egan / Life in London / 1821

Egan / Life in London / 1821
Tom & Jerry masquerading it among the Cadgers in the Black Slums, in the Holy Land (enjoying a beer in a low tavern)

Background imageDrunk Collection: Monk and Mug

Monk and Mug
A monk with a double chin drinking a mug of beer!

Background imageDrunk Collection: CARTOON: ALCOHOLISM, 1874. The Bottle Imp. Cartoon by Frank Bellew, 1874

CARTOON: ALCOHOLISM, 1874. The Bottle Imp. Cartoon by Frank Bellew, 1874

Background imageDrunk Collection: The drunken Hercules, House of the Stags, Herculaneum, Italy

The drunken Hercules, House of the Stags, Herculaneum, Italy

Background imageDrunk Collection: Drunken man staggering home - about to hit lampost

Drunken man staggering home - about to hit lampost
Racing Illustrated - " Some delay at the post!" - a gentleman who has had a serious session at the Old Blue Bell (see 10909661) endeavours to make his way home

Background imageDrunk Collection: Irish Drunk Pat and his drinking logic

Irish Drunk Pat and his drinking logic
Tourist - " I say Pat, why do you always take beer and whiskey Mixed?" Pat - " Shure, yer Anner, if oi dhrink beer oi get full before oi m dhrunk

Background imageDrunk Collection: Drunk man amazed his tankard contains beer and not coffee

Drunk man amazed his tankard contains beer and not coffee
In the Bars and Streets. Cartoon drawing by Phil May depicting a very drunk man amazed that his tankard contained beer and not coffee

Background imageDrunk Collection: Drunk Stockbroker - confused by toilet roll

Drunk Stockbroker - confused by toilet roll
Drunk Stockbroker - confused by a toilet roll, which he takes to be the ticker tape! (which would have provided him with the latest market prices). Date: circa 1910s

Background imageDrunk Collection: SILENT FILM: PARIS, 1926. Joan Crawford and Douglas Gilmore at the bar of an Apache Den in Paris

SILENT FILM: PARIS, 1926. Joan Crawford and Douglas Gilmore at the bar of an Apache Den in Paris, 1926

Background imageDrunk Collection: After the Bacchanal, 1898 (oil on canvas)

After the Bacchanal, 1898 (oil on canvas)
658858 After the Bacchanal, 1898 (oil on canvas) by Richter, Robert (1861-1941); 120.7x180.3 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; German, out of copyright

Background imageDrunk Collection: The Bottle, 1847. Artist: George Cruikshank

The Bottle, 1847. Artist: George Cruikshank
The Bottle, 1847; showing an interior domestic scene with the father sitting in front of the fire smoking having been discharged from his employment because of his drunkeness

Background imageDrunk Collection: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Table-Talking, 1904. Artist: Max Beerbohm

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Table-Talking, 1904. Artist: Max Beerbohm
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Table-Talking, 1904. Illustration from The Poets Corner, by Max Beerbohm, (London, 1904)

Background imageDrunk Collection: Drunken old woman. Roman sculpture after original of about 2

Drunken old woman. Roman sculpture after original of about 200 BC. The woman clasps a wine jug. Glyptothek. Munich. Germany

Background imageDrunk Collection: Old Man with a glass of wine

Old Man with a glass of wine
BAL23866 Old Man with a glass of wine by Courbet, Gustave (1819-77); Mayor Gallery, London, UK; French, out of copyright

Background imageDrunk Collection: NOAHs DRUNKENESS (Genesis 9: 20-23). French manuscript illumination, c1250

NOAHs DRUNKENESS (Genesis 9: 20-23). French manuscript illumination, c1250

Background imageDrunk Collection: One man dribbles wine from a glass upon another (engraving)

One man dribbles wine from a glass upon another (engraving)
5234110 One man dribbles wine from a glass upon another (engraving) by Collier, John (Tim Bobbin) (1708-86); Private Collection; (add.info.: One man dribbles wine from a glass upon another)

Background imageDrunk Collection: Who Comes Here?, A Grenadier - Victorian nursery rhyme illustration

Who Comes Here?, A Grenadier - Victorian nursery rhyme illustration
A British Grenadier from a later age approaches a tavern - " Ye Bleeding Horse" - where some medieval characters are imbibing ale



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"Exploring the Depths of Drunkenness: A Historical Journey through Art and Satire" Step into the world of intoxication as we delve into the captivating artworks and satirical depictions that portray the concept of being "drunk. " From William Hogarth's iconic Gin Lane and Beer Street engravings to Roman statues showcasing a drunken Hercules, these visual masterpieces offer a glimpse into society's fascination with inebriation throughout history. In Hogarth's Gin Lane, created in 1751, we witness a grim portrayal of London's gin epidemic. The engraving depicts a scene filled with poverty, despair, and moral decay caused by excessive consumption of this spirit. On the other hand, Beer Street presents an alternative image where beer is celebrated as a healthier choice for socializing. These contrasting works serve as reminders of society's struggle to find balance between indulgence and moderation. Moving beyond Hogarth's artistry, we encounter various interpretations of drunkenness across different cultures and time periods. In ancient Rome, a statue portrays Hercules under the influence—a reminder that even legendary heroes can succumb to excesses. Meanwhile, satirical pieces like "His Masters Breath" mock those who indulge excessively while highlighting their folly. The theme continues in Casimiro Tomba’s Italian painting from the 19th century featuring a drunk warrior alongside a court jester—an intriguing juxtaposition that questions societal norms surrounding alcohol consumption. Similarly thought-provoking is Buster Keaton and Phyllis Barry’s comedic performance in Edward Sedgwicks' film "What. No Beer?" (1933), which humorously explores prohibition-era America. Even popular culture has not shied away from portraying drunkenness; Dulux Dog Drunk captures our attention with its unexpected twist on an iconic mascot. Additionally, "The Gin Shop" (1829) offers insight into how drinking establishments were depicted during this era—places where people sought solace or succumbed to their vices.