Watch House, St. Mary Le Bone

  • About the artist
    Thomas Rowlandson, caricaturist and draughtsman, attended the Royal Academy Schools. After his studies he worked in watercolours and developed a style influenced by Gainsborough and French Rococo art. From 1784 he received commissions for publications and later gained the patronage of the Prince of Wales. He also produced satirical images, illustrating well-known scandals and characters. Despite gaining a substantial inheritance in 1789, by 1793 he was in poverty. However, his financial worries eased when he received commissions from Ackermann, which led to his involvement with A. C. Pugin in ‘The Microcosm of London’. Rowlandson later produced sketches for the adventures of ‘Dr Syntax’ (1812-21), also published by Ackermann.
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  • Details
    Title
    Watch House, St. Mary Le Bone
    Date
    1 September 1809
    Medium
    Colour aquatint
    Dimensions
    height: 19.8cm, width: 26.2cm
    Acquisition
    Presented by Dr. Peter Rusk, November 1973
    Provenance
    Gift from Dr Rusk and Lord Simon of Glaisdale November 1973
    GAC number
    10949