The Road to Ruin: 1878
3 0 c m
actual image size: 28cm x 22cm

The Road to Ruin: 1878

William Powell Frith

© Museum of London

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The Road to Ruin.This is the last of a series of 5 etchings which illustrates the perils of gambling and is consciously in the tradition of Hogarth.
In this picture the man is seen alone in a attic; all the surroundings show extreme poverty, and on the table lies a pistol. He has a scared look and is fastening the door, preparing to putting an end to his existence. Throughout the series, the tone gradually deepens, and in this the last plate everything points to the fact that the culminating point has been reached. The threatening clouds and poverty-stricken apartment appropriately illustrate the fact that a crisis is at hand.
The series is based on a set of five paintings shown at the Royal Academy exhibition in 1878.




1878 AD - 1878 AD

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