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

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



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

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

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The captivating print titled "HOGARTH: GIN LANE. Beer Street and Gin Lane" takes us back to the 18th century, immersing us in the gritty reality of English daily life. This steel engraving, created around 1860 by an anonymous artist after William Hogarth's original masterpiece, captures the essence of a society plagued by alcoholism. In this powerful image, we find ourselves standing on a city lane known for its excessive consumption of gin. The scene is rife with despair as we witness intoxicated individuals stumbling through the streets, their lives consumed by addiction. A sense of slum-like conditions pervades the atmosphere; starvation and destitution are evident throughout. Hogarth's satire shines through as he portrays a baby being neglected amidst this chaos, symbolizing how even innocent lives are affected by rampant alcoholism. The contrasting "Beer Street" depicted alongside Gin Lane but offering a more positive portrayal of moderate beer consumption, serves as a stark reminder that not all forms of alcoholic indulgence lead to ruin. This remarkable engraving from The Granger Collection in New York allows us to reflect upon societal issues that transcend time and place. It serves as both an artistic testament to Hogarth's genius and a poignant commentary on the destructive power of addiction within our communities.

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