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Beer Street

  • Object type

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  • Title (object)

    • Beer Street
  • Description

    A flourishing urban scene with well fed citizens; in the foreground, butchers, fish wives and a City of London porter hold large tankards of beer; a butcher lifts a skinny Frenchman into the air with one hand; in the background, paviours repair the street, chairmen carry a stout lady, tailors sew in a well lit attic, builders work on the roof of a house clad with scaffolding, and a warehouseman hauls a barrel to an upper storey - all are drinking beer; poverty appears only in the ragged coat of the artist painting the tavern sign and, more particularly, in the collapsing house of "N Pinch Pawn Broker". 1751 Etching and engraving


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1751
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 382 millimetres
    • Width: 324 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title, verses at the foot beginning "Beer, happy Produce of our Isle ...", other text within image, and publication details "Design'd by W. Hogarth/Publish'd according to Act of Parliament Feb.1.1751./ Price 1s.". Verso: lower right, inscribed in graphite, "1.1.0".
  • Curator's comments

    The print was published as a pair to 'Gin Lane' in February 1751 (New Style)

  • Bibliography

    • Paulson 1989 185.II bibliographic details
    • Paulson 1965/70 185.II bibliographic details
    • BM Satires 3126 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Mounted Roy)

  • Exhibition history

    1996 Sep-Nov, York, Fairfax House, 'Come Drink the Bowl Dry'
    1998 Jan-Apr, USA, Berkeley AM, Hogarth and his Times 1998 Jun-Aug, Ottawa, NGC, Hogarth and his Times 1998 Sep-Nov, USA, NY, Columbia Univ, Hogarth and his Times

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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