|Method||Aquatint with original hand coloruing|
|Artist||Richard Bankes Harraden after Thomas Rowlandson and August Charles Pugin|
|Published||[Ackermann, London, 1 January 1808]|
|Dimensions||Image 195 x 257 mm, Sheet 215 x 268 mm|
An early impression of this aquatint by Harraden, later impressions bear the details of John Bluck and lack the detail found in this printing, especially in the nude figure. A nude man poses for a group of students at the Royal Academy, who are sitting in three rows of a semi-circle, observing and drawing the model from life, a large lamp directed at him. From Ackermann's "Microcosm of London".
Thomas Rowlandson (1756 - 1827) was an English watercolourist and caricaturist. Born in London, the son of a weaver, Rowlandson studied at the Soho Academy from 1765. On leaving school in 1772, he became a student at the Royal Academy and made the first of many trips to Paris where he may have studied under Jean-Baptiste Pigalle. In 1775 he exhibited the drawing Dalilah Payeth Sampson a Visit while in Prison at Gaza at the Royal Academy and two years later received a silver medal for a bas-relief figure. As a printmaker Rowlandson was largely employed by the art publisher Rudolph Ackermann, who in 1809, issued in his Poetical Magazine The Schoolmaster's Tour, a series of plates with illustrative verses by Dr. William Combe. Proving popular, the plates were engraved again in 1812 by Rowlandson himself, and issued under the title The Tour of Dr Syntax in Search of the Picturesque. By 1813 the series had attained a fifth edition, and was followed in 1820 by Dr Syntax in Search of Consolation, Third Tour of Dr Syntax in Search of a Wife in 1821 and also in the same year by The history of Johnny Quae Genus, the little foundling of the late Doctor Syntax. Rowlandson also illustrated work by Smollett, Goldsmith and Sterne, and for The Spirit of the Public Journals (1825), The English Spy (1825), and The Humorist (1831).
Augustus Charles Pugin (1762 - 1832) was a topographical draughtsman and etcher. He was the father of the artist and architect Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin.
Richard Bankes Harraden (1778-1862) was an English printmaker, specialising in landscape and topographical views. Active in Cambridge, Harraden was the son of Richard Harraden (1756-1838), with whom he published plates as Harraden & Son. He worked with his father and two other artists to produce twenty-four engraved plates of Cambridge for Cantabrigia depicta... (Cambridge: Harraden & Son, 1809-10).
Condition:Trimmed within plate mark, with loss of publication line. Minor overall time toning. Pressed centre fold.