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This has resulted in a traditional cuisine which tended to avoid strong flavours, such as garlic, and also complex sauces which were commonly associated with Roman Catholic Continental political affiliations.

Other buildings such as cathedrals and parish churches are associated with a sense of traditional Englishness, as is often the palatial 'stately home'.

English art was dominated by imported artists throughout much of the Renaissance, but in the 18th century a native tradition became much admired. Pictorial satirist William Hogarth pioneered Western sequential art, and political illustrations in this style are often referred to as "Hogarthian".

It is considered to be typified by landscape painting, such as the work of J. Following the work of Hogarth, political cartoons developed in England in the latter part of the 18th century under the direction of James Gillray.

Regarded as being one of the two most influential cartoonists (the other being Hogarth), Gillray has been referred to as the father of the political cartoon, with his satirical work calling the king (George III), prime ministers and generals to account.