A gin shop: an elegant young woman is selling gin to a group of paupers who are standing in a mantrap; the walls decorated with coffins; Death enters the room dressed as a nightwatchman. Etching by G. Cruikshank, 1829.

  • Cruikshank, George, 1792-1878.
1 November 1829
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[London] : Geo. Cruikshank, 1 November 1829.

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1 print (album page 9) : etching ; image 17.7 x 25.3 cm


The gin shop. "--now Oh dear, how shocking the thought is, / They make the gin from aquafortis: / Tthey do it on purpose folks lives to shorten, / And tickets it up at two-pence a quartern." New ballad. ... ; Designed etched & pubd. by Geo. Cruikshank Cartouches in the corners offer directions from the gin shop "To the workhouse", "To the mad-house", "To the gaol &" "The gibbet". Death in the form of a watchman enters on the left saying "I shall have them all dead drunk presently! They have nearly had their last glass"


Wellcome Collection 578909i



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