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Friday, 16 January 2015

The Roast Beef by Hogarth

I have always been a fan of Hogarth's work. Gin Lane is one of my other favorite works.
In an era before photography, this artist was able to capture the essence of what life must have been like for the average person during the 18th century. This work, shows the human condition during the immediate aftermath of the war of 1744-48. 
In the right foreground, we have a Jacobite Highlander, who is reduced to the status of a refugee, subsiting nothing more than a piece of bread and an onion. The French soldiers are starving and in poor condition uniforms from the fighting, while a butcher carries a side of beef to a British Pub in Calis. 

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