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The Drunkards

Pseudo-Bewick, 1825, Wood cut
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The Drunkards
The Drunkards
The Drunkards
The Drunkards
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The Drunkards
This graphic and satirical woodcut shows a group of men indulging in a night of heavy drinking. While the men round the table drink and joke, one in the foreground has fallen off his chair; he and his companion vomit onto the floor. None of these men notice that Death is present; on the right of the picture, a skeleton pours wine into one man's mouth with a gruesome and gleeful grin. The image is supposed to serve as a reminder of the foolishness of overindulgence, and of its futility in the face of Death. Since the drunkards don't notice the skeleton, the image also highlights the fact that Death is usually hidden and fate unknowable.
6.7 x 5.4 cm
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