THE DRUNKARD'S PROGRESS
From the First Glass to the Grave!
Our Drunkard's Progress mural is a reproduction of a famous Currier & Ives propaganda print against alcohol. Currier & Ives produced at least thirty prints that referenced the Temperance Movement, an organized effort to encourage moderation or abstinence from alcoholic beverages in the early 1800s.
When your current Innkeeper's father Lee Guercio Sr. purchased the Tavern in 1946, the back wall next to our bar was empty and he was on a quest for an appropriate work of art to hang there.
At that time, Nancy and Myron Aflleck of nearby Groton, MA. were regular patrons. The couple (grandparents of Ben and Casey Affleck), participated in community theater with Lee's wife Mary and other locals. The Innkeepers knew that the Affleck's were also artists, and during an animated conversation over cocktails one night, it was decided that they would recreate their version of the famous "Drunkard's Progress" on our Tavern wall.
Nancy Affleck painted the mural, while Myron completed the lettering. The duo signed their work in the bottom right corner including the year, 1948.
A rendering of the mural is available for sale from our gift shop at the restaurant or online. It is a popular item for home bars and college dorms everywhere.
To purchase the poster version, stop by or call