C1894

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Small beer (also known as small ale or table beer) is a lager or ale that contains a lower amount of alcohol by volume. Small beer was seen as acceptable in 18th-century England because its low alcohol content allowed people … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Date:

C1894

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Engraving.

Image Size: 

305mm 
x 205mm
AUTHENTICITY
- - Antique Print from 1894

Genuine antique
dated:

1894

Description:

Small beer (also known as small ale or table beer) is a lager or ale that contains a lower amount of alcohol by volume.

Small beer was seen as acceptable in 18th-century England because its low alcohol content allowed people to drink several glasses without becoming intoxicated. William Hogarth’s portrait Beer Street (1751) shows a group of happy workers going about their business after drinking table beer.  It became increasingly popular during the 19th century, displacing malt liquor as the drink of choice for families and servants.

 From the original edition of The Graphic.

William Hogarth (1697 - 1794)

Hogarth was born in London, the son of an unsuccessful schoolmaster and writer from Westmoreland. After apprenticeship to a goldsmith, he began to produce his own engraved designs from 1710. He later took up oil painting, starting with small portrait groups called conversation pieces. He went on to create a series of paintings satirising contemporary customs, but based on earlier Italian prints, of which the first was ‘The Harlot’s Progress’ (1731), and perhaps the most famous ‘The Rake’s Progress’. His engravings were so plagiarised that he lobbied for the Copyright Act of 1735 as protection for writers and artists.

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