|Method||Etching with original hand colouring|
|Published||[Thomas Tegg, London, 1811]|
|Dimensions||Image 315 x 232 mm, Sheet 330 x 235 mm|
A depiction of a masquerade, featuring a group of figures standing closely together in a ballroom. Two ladies in the foreground, both wearing hats and small black masks framing their eyes, one holding a wand and a book with the word "Magi", the other wearing breeches and holding a fan. This last lady is standing to the right, and the man behind her is grabbing her bottom, he is wearing a black hat, cloak and mask, covering half his face. Between the two ladies at the centre, a corpulent man is playing his guitar, his face resembling the traditional puppet figure "Punch". Two more men stand to the left, looking at the lady with the wand and spell book, the first one is bearded and wearing a colourful poncho and ribbon sandals, the second a large feathered tiroler hat. In the background a horned man is walking around with a sign saying "Horns to Sell", and others are seen in conversation, such as the lady wearing a Janus mask featuring an unattractive man's face.
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).
BM Satires 11808
Condition: Trimmed close to printed border and below title. Laid to album page, light surface dirt to inscription space.