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The Bottle: Plate V. Cold, Misery and Want, Destroy Their Youngest Child: They Console Themselves With the Bottle.

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Date made: ca. 1847
Maker: Michelin, Francis; Moody, David William
Place: New York, New York
Image size: Image: 8 1/2 x 13 in.; 21.59 x 33.02 cm
ID number: DL*60.2898
Negative number: 2003-20003


Description:

Black and white tinted print. One of eight scenes based on George Cruikshank's "The Bottle," a series showing the progressive degeneration of a family due to the evils of drinking. Interior scene of family, now reduced to two children due to the starvation death of the toddler. Mother, father and son huddle near a meager fire, the mother holding a wine glass, the father holding a bottle. The daughter stands with her hand on the toddler's coffin. The mother and daughter are weeping. A fork is stuck in the wall and holds up a piece of fabric that is covering the window, and a candle is stuck in the wine bottle on the mantle.