The Progress of Intemperance


Background Notes

This engraving was designed, engraved, and published by Edward Gallaudet (1809-1847). Published in 1831, in Boston, Massachusetts, this engraving is a series of six smaller engravings that give a portrait of a man as he descends from sobriety into drunkenness. It depicts a man transforming from a fine, upstanding citizen, into a brutish man, with the expectation of an early and ugly end.


The engravings are based on the drawings and paintings of William Hogarth of England (1697-1764), a connection most people of the time would have quickly made. In his work "A Rake's Progress", done in 1735, Hogarth illustrates his hero, Tom Rakewell, and shows his progressive descent into debt and madness. The idea presented in both "The Progress of Intemperance" and "A Rake's Progress" is that sin carries its own punishment.

Transcription of Primary Source

ENTIRE ABSTINENCE: Health & Decorum in manners & dress

WINE, used in what is termed moderation: Undue gaiety in behavior and appearance

WINE, taken freely & at times in excess: Extravagance in actions & dress - & Occasional Intoxication

BRANDY: Frequent intoxication with loss of health & reputation

BRANDY, to excess: Sottish mess, emaciation, & Rags

NOT A FANCY SKETCH: Brutality, consumption & then, Death

Curator Notes

Exact Title: 
The Progress of Intemperance
Gallaudet, E.
Gallaudet, E.
Place of Publication: 
Boston, Massachusetts
Image and text 26 x 28 cm., on sheet 28 x 34 cm.
American Antiquarian Society
Catalog Code: 
Engrf Gall Gall Prog