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O the roast horse of old England

O the roast horse of old England [art original] / after Wm. Hogarth ; © Steve Bell 2013.
Brighton, England, [17 January 2013]
Copyright Notice Date
Brighton, England : Steve Bell, 2013
Physical Description
1 drawing : pen and ink and watercolor ; image 17 x 23 cm, on sheet 21 x 31 cm
Title written in black ink by the artist below image.
Signed and dated by the artist in lower left corner.
"3446.17-1-13"--Below image on the left.
With a stamp on the verso with the artist's name, address, contact information, and copyright claim.
""--Embossed along top right edge.
With a second sheet of paper hinged on top with the number: 3447-17-1-13.
Purchased from the artist, April 2021.
Published in The Guardian on 17 January 2013 during a late echo of the Mad Cow crisis when tests discovered the presence of horsemeat in certain beef (and other meat) products widely on sale in British supermarkets, including Tesco, whose slogan is "Every little helps". Some of their 'beefburgers' contained as much as 29% horsemeat. In a parody of Hogarth's print "O the roast beef of old England &c.", the central pink figure of David Cameron is shown wearing a bridle and guided by reins held by Rupert Murdock. The plump chap on the left in bondage suit and gimp mask is Tory Chancellor George Osborne. The bondage gear is a metaphor of the tightly restrictive government policy of savage austerity and vicious public spending cuts (on things like food regulation and public health inspectors). Behind him, fleeing through the gate is the Tory Foreign Secretary William Hague; looking shocked in the middle is Tory Minister of Justice and Pensions and slasher of benefits-in-chief, Iain Duncan Smith in the shape of Nosferatu. The National Party (SNP) who had recently got Cameron to agree to hold a referendum on Scottish demands within the Conservative Party for an In-Out referendum on memberhsip of the European Union. The Party was at the time in coalition government with the fervently pro-Europe Liberal Democrats.
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August 24, 2021
Steve Bell, O the Roast Horse of Old England. The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.
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Steve Bell, O the Roast Horse of Old England. The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.
Political cartoons.
Satires (Visual works)
Ink drawings.

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