The Bottle Has Done Its Work--It Has Destroyed the Infant and the Mother, It Has Brought the Son and the Daughter to Vice and to the Streets, and Has Left the Father a Hopeless Maniac, plate VIII from The Bottle
George Cruikshank, 1792-1878, British
Date Created and/or Issued
Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, UCLA Hammer Museum
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Cruikshank believed total abstinence from alcohol could end poverty and misery. The same man who had caricatured the exploits of the fashionable and powerful in the Regency period--in works such as "Inconveniences of a Crowded Drawing Room" (1989.21.1553) and "Gent, No Gent and Regent" (1989.21.273)--devoted the last years of his career to the Temperance movement and reforming the social ills of Victorian London. [Helmreich, Life in London] Published for the artist by David Bogue, London. Catalogue Raisonne: Reid 5000; Douglas 242; Cohn 194