The Doings of Drink, or The Publican Versus The People: Summers, Robert The Doings of Drink, or The Publican Versus The People: Summers, Robert The Doings of Drink, or The Publican Versus The People: Summers, Robert The Doings of Drink, or The Publican Versus The People: Summers, Robert

The Doings of Drink, or The Publican Versus The People

Summers, Robert

Published by Great Britain, 1894
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This is a century-old color print made from a now lost, probably destroyed, painting. Art that put the evils of alcohol right in the frame. The Doings of Drink, or The Publican Versus The People, Painted in 1894 by a railway fitter known as Darlington's Hogarth. Frame: 29 x 40 inches. Weight: c. 20 lbs. It was a mammoth work, 5ft by 3ft in size, and when it was displayed in William Dodds' art shop window in Tubwell Row it brought the traffic to a halt as crowds gathered to peer at it. It had a similar effect in London a month later, and the work was given rave reviews in newspapers all around the country. "Several copies have been exhibited in Fleet Street during the week, and it is no exaggeration to say that from daylight till dusk there is a crowd, without a moment's intermission, round each of them," reported the Methodist Times in April 1894. The artist was Robert Summers, a 27-year-old Methodist who worked as an engine fitter in North Road Shops. Because he worked from 6am to 5pm with 30 minutes off for breakfast and an hour for dinner, it is little wonder it took him three years to complete. He had been taught art at the Bondgate Wesleyan School when a boy and now specialized in very large works with allegorical messages, as befitted a devotee of the Temperance Movement which abhorred alcohol. The Doings of Drink caught the mood of the nation. At the time, the Local Veto Bill was going through Parliament - as the placard carried by a man in front of the Rule Britannia pub in the picture shows. The Bill would have limited pub opening times. His attention to detail earned Summers the nickname Darlington's Hogarth, after William Hogarth (1697-1764). Hogarth was best known for A Rake's Progress, eight scenes showing the punishment of vice. The original, now lost, was in the possession of the Reverend Frederick Naylor, who was Summers' Wesleyan minister in North Road in 1894. Allegory: At the bar of the pub stand Sunken Sue, Dan Drunkoft, Miss C Fillpot, Jack Jolly, Bob Beery and Sir Oracle. Standing above them on the balcony is the pub landlord, Mr Drinksell Carenot, and his wife, Mrs Heartless Carenot, who are the evil peddlars of the demon drink who care not about their customers. Behind the pub, the Honourable Whippingholme Wastrel, fresh from a day of gambling and drinking at the races, runs over poor Father Careworn. A little further down the street - Gin Lane - is the police station where Felix Fuddle is being helped into a cell. Next is the county jail where a black flag is flying to show that Badend has just been hanged for his drink-related crimes. In the centre of the picture is a lodging house with Bill Bully punching his girlfriend at the top of the stairs, while Mrs Longwed pulls up jugs of alcohol from her daughter. Under the stairs, Lushy Liza shrieks in horror as she's just opened up the coalhouse door and found her husband has hanged himself because of drink. Her shrieks distract attention from the street-auction where the belongings of a debt-ridden drunk are being sold off. The man in the checked suit is Richard Revell, "a young man reeling between the Misses Whilde and Loose, and is reaping the wild oats previously sown.". Bookseller Inventory # 005624

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Title: The Doings of Drink, or The Publican Versus ...

Publisher: Great Britain

Publication Date: 1894

Binding: No Binding

Illustrator: Summers, Robert

Book Condition:Very Good

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