|Method||Etching and aquatint with original hand colouring|
|Published||Publish'd Septr. 1, 1798 by H. Angelo, Curzon Street May Fair.|
|Dimensions||Image 286 x 245 mm, Plate 330 x 275 mm, Sheet 417 x 325 mm|
A print depicting a man in uniform on horseback with a sword held upright in his right hand, further men on horseback in the background. This print is from Thomas Rowlandson's Hungarian & Highland Broadsword. Produced under the direction of Henry Angelo (II) and his son (III), the volume contained 24 plates depicting the use of broadswords and sabres on foot and while mounted on horseback.
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).
Reference: Index to British Military Costume Prints, 776, 2.
Condition: Some soiling and staining to margins just into the platemark, diagonal crease lower right across the platemark not affecting the image.