English 18th century engraving of alcoholism
Alcoholism. English engraving from the 1750sof the problems caused by addiction to gin, adistilled alcoholic drink. At lower centre a womandrops her baby. A dying man sits with a cup, whilst in the background a dead drinker is beingput into a coffin. People are fighting to buy ginfrom a distillery, whilst other people give theirgoods to a pawnbroker in return for money to buymore drink. A man has hung himself in a buildingwhich has become structurally unsafe because itsowners are too drunk to repair it. Image titled"Gin Lane" drawn by British artist William Hogarth(1697-1764).
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The dram drinker
A scruffy dram drinker keenly slurps on a glass of gin at one of London's many gin palaces; the engraving accompanies an article highlighting the depravity of the gin palace in Victorian society: 'Poverty and misery, and a want of the proper necessaries of life, have driven, and are still driving hundreds to drink in this vast metropolis'.
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Barnardo's 'Edinburgh Castle' Mission Hall and Coffee Palace
Edinburgh Castle' at Limehouse, East London, was a former gin palace and music hall, re-opened by Thomas Barnardo as a 'British Workman's Coffee Palace' with a Mission Hall at its rear. Date: circa 1906
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