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Gin Lane is located in a slum known as the Ruins of St. Giles. Here the pawn shop is the only prospering business; it is well patronized by the poor, who hock their possessions to feed their addiction to gin, popularly known as “Strip-me-naked.” The evils of gin afflict everyone equally. Infants, children, mothers, and invalids manifest every state of alcohol addiction: apathy, stupor, irresponsibility, anger, and ultimately death.
William George Sullivan; given to the John Herron Art Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, in 1930.