"Cold Misery & Want Destroy Their Youngest Child. They Console Themselves with the Bottle."
Diameter: 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
Fifth plate out of set of eight earthenware (pearlware) plastes with flower molded rim, red-painted stripe on rim, and brown transfer-printed scene at center with hand-painted highlights. Based on a series of prints, "The Bottle," by George Cruikshank (1792-1878), published by D. Bogue, London, 1847.
The eight plates of "The Bottle" feature a morality tale advocating temperance. The plates are based on prints by George Cruikshank, a caricaturist and illustrator. "The Bottle" follows the story of a father's descent into alcoholism and the subsequent destruction of his family. The series was hugely popular in London and was also exported to the United States.
Gift of Ivan C. and Marilynn Gelfman Karp
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