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Strolling through the Hogarth exhibit

I had a chance yesterday to see the Hogarth Exhibit at Tate Britain. Filling ten rooms it shows the extraordinary volume and range of Hogarth’s work, which we described in an earlier post. His scenes are surprisingly modern. "Gin Lane" could easily be a depiction of drug abuse today.

Hogarth was a patriot who recognized the great works of art produced in Britain, and decried the fashionable preoccupation with foreign cultures to the detriment of Britain. (Naturally he was also looking for some appreciation for his own art.) On the other hand, he admired what foreign cultures had to offer. In other words, he held many of the same views as this writer. He was a patriot, not a xenophobe.