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It is 4:00 a.m. in a clubroom said to be St. John’s Coffee-house, Shire Lane, London. The candles are burning out on a night consigned to drinking, and the revelers betray every state of drunkenness from rowdiness to stupefaction. In spite of Hogarth’s admonition in his caption—“Think not to find one meant resemblance there, we lash the Vices but the Persons spare”—Hogarth’s audience took delight in associating individuals in the print with various reprobates in London society.
William George Sullivan; given to the John Herron Art Institute, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1930.