London, D. Bogue 1847
420 x 290 mm
Full set of 8 plates with title.
George Cruikshank’s The Bottle caused a sensation when it was published in 1847. In a series of eight plates, inspired by the 18th century painter William Hogarth’s The Rake’s Progress, Cruikshank charts a drinker’s decline from first glass to unemployment, poverty, violence and insanity. The plates were cheaply produced to ensure that they would be affordable for the poorer classes, but a wide range of more expensive editions were available. Imitations, dramatisations and piracies (unauthorised copies) appeared within days, followed by all kinds of Bottle-decorated merchandise from tea-sets to lantern slides.
From the collection of Dr. C.S. Warren, Descendant of Dr. Joseph Warren of Bunker Hill fame.