artist: William Hogarth (English, b.1697, d.1764); FRSA

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A flourishing urban scene with well fed citizens; in the foreground, butchers, fish wives and a City of London porter hold large tankards of beer; a butcher lifts a joint of meat into the air with one hand; in the background, paviours repair the street, chairmen carry a stout lady, tailors sew in a well lit attic, builders work on the roof of a house clad with scaffolding, and a warehouseman hauls a barrel to an upper storey - all are drinking beer; poverty appears only in the ragged coat of the artist painting the tavern sign and, more particularly, in the collapsing house of "N Pinch Pawn Broker". The print was first published as a pair to 'Gin Lane' in February 1751
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artist: William Hogarth (English, b.1697, d.1764); FRSA
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London, England
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etching and engraving on paper
378 x 323 mm
Measurement details
height: 378mm
width: 323mm
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gift of Christine Bell (Downer), Melbourne, 2019
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This digital record has been made available on TJC Collection Online through a significant donation from the OPENING DOORS fund, the generous support of The Friends of The Johnston Collection, and Digitisation Champion Christine Bell
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