|Method||Etching with hand colouring|
|Published||Pubd. by Thos. Tegg No. 111 Cheapside. |
|Dimensions||Image 223 x 333 mm, Plate 253 x 358 mm|
A group of elderly Brasenose Fellows emerge from a Gothic doorway set to the left, possibly an entrance to a chapel, and make their way towards a quadrangle indicated in the background. The cluster of men pass under an archway, with a mullioned window above. One of the men breaks away from the crowd, and enters the Principal's Lodge by a Georgian doorway set to the right. Following closely behind him is a buxom woman, who carries baskets of fruit. Another young, attractive woman sells fruit to the Fellows, which excites their prurient interest. On the wall to the right are two placards, one reading 'Vice Chanr.' and the other, upside down, reading 'Vice...'. Although the architecture is rendered with a certain level of realism, and the caricature is overtly directed at Brasenose College, the buildings depicted are not actually those of Brasenose.
Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827) was one of the most accomplished and prolific of English professional draughtsmen. Admired for his satirical wit, he excelled as a caricaturist as well as an illustrator of books. Best known for such works as 'The Microcosm of London' and 'The Three Tours of Doctor Syntax', which he illustrated for Rudolph Ackerman. One of the finest exponents of pen line in the history of British art.
BM Satires 11782
Condition: Good impression, with a few light spots of foxing to sheet. Date erased on publication line.