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Beer Street

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1880,1113.4473

  • 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 joint of meat 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

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1751
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 384 millimetres
    • Width: 318 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". The price erased.
  • Curator's comments

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

  • Bibliography

    • Paulson 1989 185.IV bibliographic details
    • Paulson 1965/70 185.IV bibliographic details
    • BM Satires 3126 bibliographic details
    • Crace 1878 XXIX.12 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Crace Collection main series)

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1880

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1880,1113.4473

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 joint of meat 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

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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 joint of meat 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

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