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Gin Lane

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Gin Lane
  • Description

    A scene of urban desolation with gin-crazed Londoners, notably a woman who lets her child fall to its death and an emaciated ballad-seller; in the background is the tower of St George's Bloomsbury; in this state, the child's face has been changed so that the face is wizened and the eyes sunken. 1751 Etching and engraving


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1751
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 387 millimetres
    • Width: 321 millimetres (plate)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title, verses at the foot beginning "Gin cursed Fiend ...", other text within image, and publication details "Design'd by W. Hogarth/Publish'd according to Act of Parliamt Feb.1.1751./ Price 1s."
  • Curator's comments

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

  • Bibliography

    • Paulson 1989 186.III bibliographic details
    • Paulson 1965/70 186.III bibliographic details
    • BM Satires 3136 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Mounted Roy)

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition date

    1837 (before)

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number



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