O The Roast Beef of Old England &c.
[London: Robert Sayer, 1768.]
Engraving with very large margins; 175 x 280mm (7 x 11").
Hogarth's revenge for being arrested as a spy while sketching the English arms on the Gate of Calais. He has included a self-portrait on the left. Hogarth's visit to France was an unsuccessful one and he included various references to what he perceived as the ills of the French nation, from idolatry to religious hypocrisy, in this scene. Hogarth's painting of the subject, 'The Calais Gate' is in the Tate Britain gallery, London. Soon after the death of William Hogarth in 1764, his widow Jane gave the London publisher Robert Sayer permission to publish a collection of her husband's work. Although engraved in a smaller format, Sayer's versions retain all the detail of the original plates.
[Ref: 31474] £120.00