The Bottle: Plate 8. The Sins of the Drunken Father are Visited on the Heads of the an unknown lithographer


This black and white tinted print depicts the last of eight scenes based on George Cruikshank's The Bottle. The series shows the progressive degeneration of a family due to the evils of drinking. This print is an interior scene of a man in a cell huddling in a corner before a caged fire. He is being visited by his grown children, now a thief and a woman of shame. A guard is visible through an open doorway in the background.

This series of prints is by the English artist George Cruikshank (1792-1878). Cruikshank’s father, Isaac Cruikshank, was an artist who specialized in song sheets and caricatures and trained George and his brother Robert Cruikshank in these arts. George started as a caricaturist for magazines and children’s books. His most famous works included The Bottle and The Drunkard’s Children, designed and etched by Cruikshank to show the wickedness of alcohol. Cruikshank's father and brother were both alcoholics and he himself drank heavily until he took a vow of abstinence in 1847. These prints were published by David Bogue, who published most of Cruikshank’s other works in the 1850s. David Bogue, (1807–1856) was born in Scotland and moved to London in 1836. Bogue began working in Charles Tilt's bookshop as a publisher and bookseller in 1836 and became Tilt's partner in 1840. Bogue bought the shop in 1843. He was the principle publisher of Cruikshank’s short-lived periodicals, brief illustrated stories, and the Comic Almanack 1835-53. David Bogue published The Bottle series in 1847. Bogue suffered from heart disease and died in 1856 at the age of 48. There is no information available about the lithographer of this series however the inscription on the print reads COPYRIGHTED BY M. MARQUES, 1885.

Date Made: ca 1885

Copyright Holder: Marques, M.Maker: unknownOriginal Artist: Cruikshank, George

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: World

Subject: Chronology: 1880-1889U.S. National Government, judiciaryMarriageChildrenTemperance


See more items in: Home and Community Life: Domestic Life, Family & Social Life, Temperance Movement, Art, Domestic Furnishings


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Credit Line: Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: DL.60.2392Catalog Number: 60.2392Accession Number: 228146

Object Name: LithographObject Type: Lithograph

Physical Description: paper (overall material)ink (overall material)Measurements: image: 4 3/4 in x 7 in; 12.065 cm x 17.78 cmoverall: 6 in x 8 in; 15.24 cm x 20.32 cm


Record Id: nmah_324723

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