Drinks throughout art history5th April, 2013 by db_staff
1. William Hogarth’s Gin Lane 1751
Meant to be viewed in contrast to his Beer Street (below), an image of happiness and prosperity, Gin Lane shows the dreadful poverty, madness, infanticide and death that was destroying a society addicted to the spirit.
Unfortunately the image is not an exaggeration; one mother in 1734 reclaimed her two-year-old child from the workhouse where it had been newly clothed. She strangled her child and sold the clothes for 1s. 4d. to buy gin. Central in anti-gin propaganda.