c. 1865: Five Stages of Inebriation
This set of five prints was produced by the Sydney studio of Charles Percy Pickering (1825-1908), and date from the period of Pickering's location at 612 George Street.
The printed studio mark on reverse reads "Photographic Artist. C. Pickering, 612 George Street, near Wilshire's Buildings, Sydney"
It is possible that the photographs were commissioned by a local temperance group for educative purposes, and may also have been used by an engraver for illustrations. The frame of the drunk in a wheelbarrow resembles S.T. Gill's watercolour 'Ease without Opulence'.
All images: State Library of New South Wales