Exhibition Room, Somerset House

  • 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
    Exhibition Room, Somerset House
    1 January 1808
    Coloured aquatint
    height: 27.7 cm, width: 35.2 cm
    Acquisition uncertain; possibly old Inland Revenue acquisition, before 1929.
    Possibly acquired by the Inland Revenue, before 1919 (in which case presented by Sir Matthew Nathan)
    GAC number