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

Charles Mosley
William Hogarth (1697 - 1764)

Coloured etching and engraving

6 March 1749
  • About the work
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Art Collection
  • About the artist

    The portraits and social satires of William Hogarth, painter and engraver, have come to define the period in which he lived. His best known works include his series of satirical of paintings, such as ‘The Beggar’s Opera’ (c.1729, Birmingham City Art Gallery, private collection and National Gallery of Art, Washington) and ‘A Rake’s Progress’ (c.1734, Sir John Soane's Museum, London). He also painted formal portraits, including the philanthropist ‘Captain Thomas Coram’ (1740, Coram family, in the care of the Foundling Museum, London) and ‘The Graham Children’ (1742, National Gallery, London). Hogarth lived and worked in London for most of his life and was a major benefactor of the Foundling Museum during the 1740s, founded by Captain Coram.
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    satire, cartoon
    Materials & Techniques
    engraving, etching
  • Details
    O the Roast Beef of Old England (The Gate of Calais)
    6 March 1749
    Coloured etching and engraving
    height: 46 cm, width: 56.4 cm
    Transferred from the Ministry of Defence, April 2017
    Ministry of Defence Collection; transferred to GAC 2017
    GAC number