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Gin Lane

William Hogarth (English, 1697-1764)


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, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1930.

Object Information

artist
William Hogarth (English, 1697-1764)
creation date
1751
materials
etching and engraving
dimensions
14 x 11-3/4 in. (image)
23 x 16-7/8 in. (sheet)
accession number
30.1035
credit line
Gift of William George Sullivan
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors