|Method||Etching with original hand colouring|
|Published||Published July 18th 1812. by S. Howitt, Panton Street, Haymart.|
|Dimensions||Image 253 x 203 mm, Plate 298 x 230 mm, Sheet 336 x 248 mm|
A caricature of a military officer as a guest in the home of an older man and pretty young woman. The woman is cooking up food on the stove, exchanging interested looks with the corporal, while a servant is looking on the scene from the doorway, visibly in distress.
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 undescribed
Condition: Second state, publishing date changed from 1802 to 1812. Minor overall time toning and surface dirt built up.