The Quaker, and the Commissioners of Excise

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    Country: Other
    City: at framer
  • About the artist
    George Moutard Woodward was an amateur caricaturist from Derbyshire, who moved to London in about 1792. He designed numerous political caricatures, some in the form of comic strips. Woodward’s designs are often coarse and crudely drawn. Several examples were etched by Thomas Rowlandson. Woodward is said to have lived a ‘dissolute’ life. He was in his forties when he died in a tavern in 1809, the year after this work was published.
    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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    The Quaker, and the Commissioners of Excise
    9 July 1807
    Coloured etching
    height: 26.80 cm, width: 36.90 cm
    Transferred from HM Revenue and Customs, December 2012
    Inland Revenue, Somerset House; transferred to GAC 2012
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