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The Gate of Calais. Etching by William Hogarth (1697-1764)

The Gate of Calais. Etching by William Hogarth (1697-1764)


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The Gate of Calais. Etching by William Hogarth (1697-1764)

William Hogarth (1697-1764). British artist, engraver, illustrator and satirical painter. The Gate of Calais. Etching by Hogarth. Engraving. The Iberian Illustration, 1888. Colored

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1888 Beef Calais Engraver Etching Friar Hogarth Hungry Iberian Iberica Illustrator Ilustracion Painter Satirical Tavern Transported


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The Gate of Calais

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is a captivating etching by the renowned British artist William Hogarth. Created in the 18th century, this print showcases Hogarth's exceptional talent as an engraver and illustrator. The scene depicted takes us to the bustling city of Calais, France, where a group of hungry soldiers and undernourished locals gather near a tavern door. Hogarth's satirical approach shines through as he portrays these figures with great attention to detail. The men are shown hungrily eyeing a plate of beef being transported into the tavern, highlighting the stark contrast between their hunger and the abundance of food within reach. A fat friar stands nearby, adding an element of irony to the scene. The composition transports us back in time to an era when Britain and France were at odds politically but shared cultural ties. Through his artistry, Hogarth captures not only a specific moment in history but also reflects on universal themes such as class disparity and human nature. This particular print from 1888 has been beautifully colored, enhancing its visual impact. It was featured in "The Iberian Illustration, " showcasing how Hogarth's work continued to resonate with audiences even centuries after its creation. "The Gate of Calais" is not just a representation of art; it is a window into another world that invites viewers to contemplate society's complexities while appreciating Hogarth's mastery as both painter and storyteller.

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