|Method||Etching with hand original colouring|
|Published||Pubd March 10th 1811 by Thos Tegg No 111 Cheapside|
|Dimensions||Image 230 x 320, Plate 250 x 350, Sheet 256 x 342 mm|
A satirical scene set in the vaulted ante-room of a prison. The turnkey, keys in hand, accepts with wary enjoyment the blandishments of a pretty young woman, whose interest is clearly in the fate of a handsome youth seen through the bars above a padlocked barrier on the right. A grotesquely obese and misshapen man approaches the turnkey from the right with a jug and frothing glass. Behind the latter is a table with a shoulder of mutton and a small cask. A cat plays amicably with a dog. Heavy fetters hang from the walls, and there is a heavily barred door; a vaulted recess leads to a second dungeon. The place is lit by hanging lamps.
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 11799
Condition: Repairs to margins, one tear to centre top margin, some marking.