Water Engine, Cold-Bath-Fields Prison

  • 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
    Water Engine, Cold-Bath-Fields Prison
    Date
    published 1 May 1808
    Medium
    Coloured aquatint
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Christie's, 22 January 1954
    Provenance
    With Agnew’s Gallery, London; by whom sold through Christie’s, London, 22 January 1954 (Lot 21; with GAC 2558-2571, 2573-2585); from which sale purchased by Richard Walker on behalf of the Ministry of Works
    GAC number
    2572