|Method||Copper engraving with hand colouring|
|Artist||Michael Angelo Rooker|
|Dimensions||Image 293 x 450 mm, Plate 340 x 500, Sheet 439 x 554 mm|
Image from the 1786 Oxford Almanack.
Michael Angelo Rooker (1746 - 1801) was a British painter and engraver. He was taught by his father Edward Rooker and Paul Sandby at the St. Martin's Lane school in London. In 1770 he was elected an associate of the Royal Academy. He is best known for providing engravings for the Copperplate Magazine (1776 - 1777), its successor The Virtuosi's Museum, and the Oxford Almanack. Rooker was also chief scene-painter at the Haymarket Theatre in London. J. M. W. Turner claimed to have learnt the painting technique 'colour scaling' by copying Rooker's Gatehouse at Battle Abbey. After Rooker's death, Turner purchased over a dozen of his paintings.
Condition: Central vertical crease, torn at top. Several tears to edges of sheet, and discolouration to margins not affecting the image.