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O the Roast Beef of Old England ('The Gate of Calais')

Photo credit: Tate

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This painting is Hogarth's comment on his second visit to France in the summer of 1748, when he was arrested as a spy while sketching the arms of England on the old city gate at Calais. The contemporary diarist George Vertue records in August 1748 that Hogarth and Francis Hayman were 'attempting to draw some Views of Fortifications &c. were surprized & clapt into the Bastile. from whence they were soon glad to return to England' ('Vertue Note Books III', Walpole Society, vol.

Tate Britain

London


Date

1748

Medium

Oil on canvas

Measurements

H 78.8 x W 94.5 cm

Accession number

N01464

Acquisition method

Presented by the Duke of Westminster 1895

Work type

Painting


Tate Britain

Millbank, London, Greater London SW1P 4RG England

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