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Refugees, Patriotism, and Hogarth’s ‘The Gate of Calais’ (1748)

Published in December 2020 in Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 17 pages:

Hogarth’s painting has long proved to be an effective conduit for national sentiment. Deploying an inter‐disciplinary analysis, the paper argues that Hogarth’s pictorial satire draws on a cultural heritage that originated within French refugee communities writing to discredit politics ‘back home’. Understood from this perspective, the painting demonstrates how the cultural materials of a French ethnic minority can become woven into the meta‐narrative about Britishness and then, in turn, become generative of meaning for broader communities of transnationalized Protestants, not just for the British themselves.


Categorised in: British Art, Cross cultures speak

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Art historian of eighteenth century British art writing a book about depictions of the French in English graphic satire. Interested in art, satire, ethnicity and identity

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