Canaletto – Celebrating Britain (Compton Verney)

Author, ‘From Bosworth Field to Finchley Common: Britain, Hogarth and the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion’ in Celebrating Britain: Canaletto, Hogarth and Patriotism Exhibition Catalogue, Compton Verney, Warwickshire; Holburne Museum, Bath; Abbot Hall, Kendal, March 2015.

William Hogarth, more than any other contemporary British artist, interpreted the consequences of the ’45 in a sequence of paintings and engravings that have become icons of the rebellion itself. More broadly they have also come to define (for better or worse) a very particular, one might say partial notion of Britain and “Britishness” in the post-rebellion years of the mid-eighteenth century.

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