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THE GATE OF CALAIS, OR, O THE ROAST BEEF OF OLD ENGLAND a satire on the well-fed English versus the poorly- fed French

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1749 Beef Calais Hogarth Meat Monk Poorly Roast Satire Versus


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This historical print by Mary Evans Picture Library captures the essence of a satirical masterpiece by William Hogarth, "The Gate of Calais, or The Roast Beef of Old England." Painted in 1749, this piece is a scathing commentary on the stark contrast between the well-fed English and the poorly-fed French. In the foreground, we see a group of monks indulging in a lavish feast of roast beef and ale, symbolizing the abundance and prosperity enjoyed by the English. Meanwhile, in the background, we witness a group of emaciated Frenchmen looking on with envy and hunger. Hogarth's clever satire not only highlights cultural differences but also serves as a reminder of social inequalities prevalent during that time period. The juxtaposition between decadence and deprivation is strikingly portrayed through his intricate details and symbolism. As we gaze upon this print, we are transported back to 18th-century England, where food was not just sustenance but also a reflection of one's status and privilege. It serves as a poignant reminder that history is often shaped by disparities in wealth and power. "The Gate of Calais" remains an enduring work of art that continues to provoke thought and discussion about societal norms and values. Through this print from Mary Evans Prints Online, we are able to appreciate Hogarth's genius in capturing complex themes with wit and insight.

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