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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: 1847
Maker: Cruikshank, George; Bogue, David
Place: London, England
Image size: Image: 8 1/2 x 13 in.; 21.59 x 33.02 cm
ID number: DL*60.2914
Negative number: 2003-20016


Black and white print. One of eight scenes designed and etched by George Cruikshank depicting the progressive degeneration of a family due to the evils of drinking. Interior scene of a 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. This series is a folio edition. On the reverse of Plate I. is the title page of the series and an inscription from the artist. The series is contained in a portfolio.