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A procession of publicans and a beggar following the coffin of Madam Geneva; attacking the Act preventing distillers from retailing or selling gin to unlicensed premises. Engraving, 1751.

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29 September 1751

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Free to use with attribution CC BYCredit: Wellcome Collection
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The street depicted in the background is St. Giles High Street, London. In the exequies of Madam Gin, the body is followed by a cortege of distillers mourning the loss of gin sales. It is also followed by a well-qualified representative of the imbibers of gin, a Scottish gin-lover known as Loddy (i.e. laddy), described as "a beggar well-known about St Giles, 7 Dials etc.": "Gin's fun'ral mourn, lo ! near the body, In ragged state moves rueful Loddy, Great representative allow'd, Of all who to her Empire bow'd"

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London (at the Black Horse in Cornhill) : John Bowles & Son, 29 September 1751.

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1 print : engraving, with etching

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To those melancholly sufferers (by a late severe Act) the distillers this plate is most humbly inscrib'd by a lover of trade. The funeral procession of Madam Geneva sep.r 29.1751 publish'd according to Act of Parliament ...

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A procession of publicans and a beggar following the coffin of Madam Geneva; attacking the Act preventing distillers from retailing or selling gin to unlicensed premises. Engraving, 1751. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY


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