VIDITEST30 - William Hogarth's 'Gin Lane'

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Gin Lane in modes 1 & 2.

What you see here is a PD JPEG of Hogarth's iconic print displayed using Windows Photo Viewer with the image then shown on the CPC using the VIDI device.  To focus on any particular scene I use the WPV controls to increase/decrease size and to move/drag the screen to the relevant section of the JPEG. Finally I save two mode 2 screens and load them into the Advanced OCP Art Studio.

From Wikipedia:
"Gin Lane

Set in the parish of St Giles — a notorious slum district that Hogarth depicted in several works around this time — Gin Lane depicts the squalor and despair of a community raised on gin. Desperation, death and decay pervade the scene. The only businesses that flourish serve the gin industry: gin sellers; a distiller (the aptly named Kilman); the pawnbroker where the avaricious Mr Gripe greedily takes the vital possessions (the carpenter offers his saw and the housewife her cooking utensils) of the alcoholic residents of the street in return for a few pennies to feed their habit; and the undertaker, for whom Hogarth implies at least a handful of new customers from this scene alone.

Most shockingly, the focus of the picture is a woman in the foreground, who, addled by gin and driven to prostitution by her habit — as evidenced by the syphilitic sores on her legs — lets her baby slip unheeded from her arms and plunge to its death in the stairwell of the gin cellar below. Half-naked, she has no concern for anything other than a pinch of snuff. This mother was not such an exaggeration as she might appear: in 1734, Judith Dufour reclaimed her two-year-old daughter, Mary, from the workhouse where she had been given a new set of clothes; she then strangled the girl and left her body in a ditch so that she could sell the clothes (for 1s. 4d.) to buy gin.
In another case, an elderly woman, Mary Estwick, let a toddler burn to death while she slept in a gin-induced stupor. Such cases provided a focus for anti-gin campaigners such as the indefatigable Thomas Wilson and the image of the neglectful and/or abusive mother became increasingly central to anti-gin propaganda. Sir John Gonson, whom Hogarth featured in his earlier A Harlot's Progress, turned his attention from prostitution to gin and began prosecuting gin-related crimes with severity."

This video was created under the 'Fair Use' doctrine to
demonstrate the Rombo VIdeo DIgitizer (VIDI) hardware unit.




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Not emulated - original hardware and software.
Please note that  the aspect ratio for this YouTube video is 16:9 but the CPC monitor
has an aspect ratio of 4:3 so you may wish to adjust your viewing device accordingly.

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