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People are shown as healthy, happy and hard working in Beer Street, while in Gin lane, they are scrawny, lazy and acting carelessly, such as the drunk woman at the front who reaches for a snuff box and in doing so, drops her baby. As Hogarth himself wrote, "Beer Street and Gin Lane were done when the dredfull [sic] consequences of gin drinking was at its height...
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In an earlier work, Strolling Actresses in a Barn, Hogarth also referred to another Act, the 1737 Act against strolling players. The Act is depicted on the left side of the engraving showing that the performance will be the women's last. Social references include the fact that there were many people of African descent in England at the time, as is shown by the servant and the black actress in this print...
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