1800s Photographer Aims To Depict The "Five Stages Of Inebriation," Nails It

In no way familiar to any gentleman who enjoys refreshing themselves of a Friday evening. HT Retronaut.

1. The Five Stages of Inebriation (c. 1863-1868) by Charles Percy Pickering was possibly commissioned by a local temperence group.

2. The State Library of New South Wales, which owns the pictures, says: “the photographs may also have been used by an engraver for illustrations.”

3. It’s believed the man in the pictures is a model.

4. And the library suspects this pose may have been influenced by an S.T. Gill watercolour.

5. In 1866, NSW Premier James Martin introduced the Drunkard’s Punishment Bill.

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Alan White is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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