|Method||Etching and aquatint with hand colouring|
|Published||Published June 1, 1813, at R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts, 101, Strand.|
|Dimensions||Image 107 x 191 mm, Sheet 146 x 235 mm|
Set within a college hall resembling that of Christ Church College, Oxford, Dr Syntax sits at the Fellow's table set to the right of the image. Advancing from the left, a procession of servants wearing gowns make a hash of serving the dinner.
From William Combe's The Tour of Doctor Syntax in search of the picturesque. Begun in 1809, the poem was first published in 1812, and several editions were printed over a period of around 80 years. The poem was a satirical take on the 18th-century aesthetic concept of the 'picturesque' and its frequently pompous followers. Dr Syntax, a curate, begins a journey to discover the ideal picturesque landscape, but is constantly met by inconveniences. Inspired by Thomas Rowlandson's caricatures, it is fitting that the poem is accompanied by aquatints by Rowlandson.
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 11513
Condition: Trimmed within plate mark, and a few areas of toning to the margins.