Progress of Gallantry or Stolen Kisses Sweetest

Method Etching with original hand colouring
Artist Thomas Rowlandson
Published Thos Tegg no. 111 Cheapside [1814, but later]
Dimensions Image 325 x 230, Sheet 350 x 253 mm
Notes A satirical scene set on a fortified sea-front, with large cannon on gun-carriages pointing out to sea. An elderly sailor, huge stomach rolling over his trousers, peers through a telescope. The pretty young woman beside him uses this opportunity to turn and kiss the handsome young military officer to her left. Farther off, an elderly gaitered man, with his hat tied on, stands shivering in the wind. A sentry stands on the extreme left, with his back to the sea. A pretty girl sits at the edge of the sea-wall, looking down at a sailor; their fingers are interlaced.

A later state with the publication line erased and 289 in the upper right margin.

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).

Thomas Tegg (1776-1845) was a British bookseller, printseller, and publisher, trading most notably from a printworks and shop in Cheapside. His best remembered series are Tegg's Carricatures, the Caricature Magazine, the London Encyclopaedia, and the immensely popular Whole Life of Nelson.

BM Satires 12402, Grego 275-276.

Condition: Creasing and wear around edges, some timtoning and a scuff in the lower right inscription space.
Framing unmounted
Price £300.00
Stock ID 44832