View of the Brewery in Chiswell Street
Engraver: Ward, W
This view of Samuel Whitbread's brewery in Chiswell Street was made in 1792 by George Garrard. Whitbread had set up business in 1740 and become London's second-largest brewer within twenty years. In the late18th and early19th centuries, beer was considered less harmful than gin, if not positively health promoting. In an attempt to shift consumption away from gin, the Duke of Wellington sponsored the Beer Act in 1830, under which beer-shops and ale-houses no longer needed a justices’ licence.