The Topography of Decay

 
The Four Times of Day Plate IV, Night
Title The Four Times of Day Plate IV, Night
Artist William Hogarth
Date 1738
Medium Etching and engraving
Location The Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth University

A drunken magistrate known for his anti-alcohol legislation stumbles down Charing Cross Road, grimacing beneath a shower from a chamber pot. He is oblivious to the fire, homelessness, and wreckage of the disintegrating city.

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