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The Porta Romana and Hogarth! 18/12/2010

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c. 1910

The Roman gate out of Florence has a considerable interest in my eyes, owing to the fact that, in spite of trams and motors, its neighbourhood still retains some mediaeval characteristics. Now, as in past times, crowd in the wagons of the farmers and form themselves into a market or fair outside the walls. Here, too, also can be seen the lineal descendants and exact reproductions of the mediaeval jugglers, buffoons, and improvisers, and here, too, is the confused crowd of aimless loafers mingled with exasperated persons in a hurry, which Hogarth has so well handed down to us in his pictures. Indeed, many of the scenes in Florence (I took a house there once, partly because it was in a Hogarthian street) vividly recall the work of this master.

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