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- Object: The Drunkard: A Poem
A illustrated book containing John O'Neill's poem "The Drunkard" with illustrations by George Cruikshank. The book contains a 4 page introduction by O'Neill. Published by Tilt and Bogue, 86 Fleet Street.
A bust length portrait of John O'Neill aged 64. Not signed.
The following signed by George Cruikshank:
1."The Raving Maniac and The Drivelling Fool."
Two alcoholic figures are depicted, one clutches bottle with his arms flailing. The other dressed in ragged trousers and tailcoat holds a glass.
2."The Gin Palace."
The bar of a Gin Palace with an ornate clock and columns. Shelves carrying barrels and held up by columns are shown to the right of the image. Two gentlemen prop up the bar while a barmaid serves them. Four drinkers are depicted and an old woman and child approach the bar. A landlord looks on from the doorway.
3."The Drunkard's Home." A drunken male figure lies slumped on a bed in a scarcely furnished room with an overturned empty tankard behind him, a shoe and his hat are strewn around the foreground. His wife and child shiver at an empty fireplace.
4."The Upas Tree."
A tree formed from a column of barrels appears at the centre of the image with snakes emanating from its centre, liquid pours from their mouths into the glasses of drinkers dancing below. Corpses and skeletons lie on the ground beneath the tree.
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Height: 166 millimetres (Approximate size of the book)
Width: 107 millimetres (Approximate width of the book)
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