The Quaker, and the Commissioners of Excise

  • 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
    The Quaker, and the Commissioners of Excise
    Date
    9 July 1807
    Medium
    Coloured etching
    Dimensions
    height: 26.80 cm, width: 36.90 cm
    Acquisition
    Transferred from HM Revenue and Customs, December 2012
    Provenance
    Inland Revenue, Somerset House; transferred to GAC 2012
    GAC number
    15563