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
    1 May 1808
    Medium
    Colour aquatint
    Dimensions
    height: 25.0cm, width: 19.0cm
    Acquisition
    Presented by Dr. Peter Rusk, November 1971
    GAC number
    9527