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Alcoholism in Russia: brawling and starvation as the results of drinking alcoholic drinks, contrasted with prosperity resulting from abstinence from alcohol. Colour lithograph by T. Nemkova, 1990.

  • Nemkova, T., active approximately 1990.
[1990], ©1990
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Left scene: two Russian men drinking at table and about to hit each other with bottles; lettering meaning in English "When the gentleman gets drunk, he will become aggressive". Middle scene: A Russian man embracing the bottle, while his three children go hungry; lettering meaning in English "One who loved wine has destroyed his family." Right scene: a virtuous teetotal family (man and wife and three children drinking tea not alcohol); lettering meaning in English "It's better to drink tea with Lebkuchen [heart-shaped biscuits] than to drink alcoholic drinks". Above the right scene is a mediaeval figure of the phoenix, a symbol of prosperity

The dress and coiffure of the figures, the use of the dotted e and other letter-forms, and the colouring of the borders around the three scenes are all in the Old Russian Revival style which originated in the late 19th and early 20th century


Moskva [Moscow] : Izdatelʹstvo "Panorama", [1990], ©1990. (G. Tula (ul. F. Engel'sa, 150) : Tipografi︠a︡ izda-tel'stva "Kommunar")

Physical description

1 print : lithograph, printed in colours ; sheet 56.8 x 116.8 cm


Schastliv tot, kto vina ne pʹët


Tirazh 28000 ekz. [print run 28,000 copies].


Wellcome Library no. 558514i

References note

Stephen White, Russia goes dry: alcohol, state and society, Cambridge 1996, pp. 82-83

Creator/production credits

Contributors: "Khudozhnik T. Nemkova. Redaktor V. Markin. Khudozh. redaktor S. Chumakov. Tekh. redaktor L. Kameneva"

Lettering note

Bears various reference numbers including: Pechatʹ ofsetnai︠a︡ Zakaz 713


Left scene : Gde napʹëtszh tam i poderëtszh -- Middle scene : Vino poli︠u︡bil semʹi︠u︡ razoril -- Right scene : Luchshe pri︠a︡tʹ chem brazhnichatʹ



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