A gin palace as a "temple of Juniper", with other scenes illustrating puns. Lithograph by C.J. Grant, 1834.

  • Grant, C. J. (Charles Jameson), active 1830-1852.
14 Feb 1834
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Everybody's album & caricature magazine
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The central scene shows a gin palace as a "temple of Juniper" (pun on temple of Jupiter). A gentleman gives a piece of paper to a poor man and his family as other impoverished men, women and children lie on the floor or stumble about. One woman holds a bottle of gin as her child lies dead beside her. Numerous other men wearing bowler hats converse in a grim fashion as pieces of paper are exchanged between them. Gin salesmen promise benefits to their customers in the manner of quack-doctors. The interior is lined with barrels bearing statues that are labelled from right to left with the effects of gin: 'poverty', 'despair', 'disease', 'insanity', 'blasphemy', 'plunder', 'murder', and 'death'. Two skulls with their bodies encased hang at the end of the hall beside a statue in an alcove of 'delusion inviting her victims in'. Above is a hanging device from which two bodies hang. The ceiling is decorated with numerous forms of drinking vessels


[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 14 Feb 1834.

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1 print : lithograph ; image and border 40.9 x 27.3 cm.


Every body's album & caricature magazine. February 14 1834 - continued every fortnight. No. 4. Interior of a temple of Juniper.- humbly dedicated to its votarie. CJG Each sketch is subtitled starting top left with 'Piping times of peace' to bottom right 'the revolt of the workhouse'


Wellcome Collection 640597i


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