Witches in a Hay Loft

Method Etching with hand colouring
Artist Thomas Rowlandson after George Moutard Woodward
Published Thomas Tegg, c.1813.
Dimensions Image 210 x 322 mm, Sheet 225 x 335 mm
Notes A scene showing a man opening his loft hatch in horror to discover a pair of witches in the corner. The witches are sat around a fire, smoking away in a cauldron, one is holding onto a broom, the other stirring the pot. Creatures have emerged from the flames including an old man and a young man joined at the feet which appear as a beast's. The old man has wings of fire and a bird's scrawny neck is emerging from the young man's back. Two goblin-like creatures are emerging from the smoke cloud to the left, one whose face appears beaked. A snake is in the middle of the scene, hissing at the witches.

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).

George Moutard Woodward (1760 – 1809) was an English amateur caricaturist and humorous writer. Nicknamed 'Mustard George', Woodward had a somewhat crude but energetic style. Widely published in the Caricature magazine and elsewhere, his drawings were nearly all etched by others, primarily Thomas Rowlandson, but also Charles Williams and Isaac Cruikshank. He was described by Dorothy George as 'an very considerable figure in caricature: he was original, prolific and varied'.

BM Satires 12150

Condition: Trimmed within image on top margin, margin added. Heavy water staining to left side, top and right corner.
Framing mounted
Price £175.00
Stock ID 47954

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