Illustrations of Works Advocating Not Drinking Alcohol
Later in life Cruikshank became a proponent of abstinence from drinking alcohol. Alcohol abuse, especially the drinking of gin, was a major social problem in Victorian England. Cruikshank drew a number of illustrations to anti alcohol plays and pamphlets. The illustration above is from a play called The Bottle. It shows a drunken man abusing his wife while his traumatized children attempt to hold him back.