"The Bottle Has Done Its Work - It Has Destroyed the Infant & the Mother. It Has Brought the Son and the Daughter to Vice and to the Streets, and Has Left the Father a Hopeless Maniac."

Object Number: 
ca. 1850
Diameter: 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
Eighth 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.
Gallery Label: 
The eight plates of "The Bottle" feature a morality tale advocating temperance. The plates are based on prints by George Cruikshank, a caricaturist adn 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.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Ivan C. and Marilynn Gelfman Karp
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group