Narcissus

George Graham
Thomas Rowlandson (1756 - 1827)

Colour stipple engraving

4 August 1787
  • About the work
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    Country: Germany
    City: Berlin
    Place: British Embassy
  • 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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    Title
    Narcissus
    Date
    4 August 1787
    Medium
    Colour stipple engraving
    Acquisition
    Origin unknown
    Inscription
    below image: Drawn by T Rowlandson Engraved by G.e Graham NARCISSUS Let van Narcissus warn each female breast, That beauty's but a transient good at best. Like flow'rs, it withers with the advancing year And age, like winter, robs the blooming fair. Publish'd Aug.t 4.th 1787, by E. Jackson, N.o 14 Marylebone Street, Golden Square.
    GAC number
    15752