Gin Lane

 
Series
Beer Street and Gin Lane
Artist
Creation date
Materials
etching and engraving
Dimensions
14 x 11 3/4 in. (image) 23 x 16 7/8 in. (sheet)
Credit line
Gift of William George Sullivan
Accession number
30.1035
Collection
Not Currently On View

Gin Lane is located in a slum known as the Ruins of St. Giles. Here the pawn shop is the only prospering business; it is well patronized by the poor, who hock their possessions to feed their addiction to gin, popularly known as “Strip-me-naked.” The evils of gin afflict everyone equally. Infants, children, mothers, and invalids manifest every state of alcohol addiction: apathy, stupor, irresponsibility, anger, and ultimately death.

William George Sullivan; given to the John Herron Art Institute, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1930.
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