The History of Love

A slight diversion from the romantic theme for a moment to wish you a happy new year, and to offer a (tiny) bit of solace to those of you who are feeling a little fragile this morning. Take comfort in the fact that you are selflessly prostrating yourself at the feet of a long-established historical tradition of overindulgence. Or something…

(hope you feel better soon).

Quite straightforward, this print. The lesson: If you spend all night in ye tavern drinking and smoking, you’re going to end up with a stonking hangover (or ‘druncken siknes’) in the morning. People have known this for centuries, and yet still they persist…

hangover

– detail from ‘The Prodigal Son Sifted’ (anon) c1700

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