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Thomas Rowlandson
A COLLECTION OF FIFTY-NINE WATERCOLOURS AFTER THE OLD MASTERS AND THE ANTIQUE
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 18,125 GBP
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Thomas Rowlandson
A COLLECTION OF FIFTY-NINE WATERCOLOURS AFTER THE OLD MASTERS AND THE ANTIQUE
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 18,125 GBP
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Old Master & British Works on Paper

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Thomas Rowlandson
LONDON 1756 - 1827
A COLLECTION OF FIFTY-NINE WATERCOLOURS AFTER THE OLD MASTERS AND THE ANTIQUE
Including depictions of Diana, Hercules, Bacchanti, Jupiter, Juno, Venus, Apollo, Cupid, Psyche, Minerva, Ulysses, Roman Empress, Greek warriors and many others   
Quantity: 59
Each watercolour and pen and red/brown ink, some watermarked between 1817-21;
many inscribed in the artist's hand with descriptions of original sources;
many bear signature and the initials TR (by a later hand) 
Largest 150 by 217 mm
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Catalogue Note

This group of watercolours date to the early 1820s, at around the time Rowlandson made his final trip to Italy. They serve as a testament to his fascination with both the classical world and the old masters, themes that had pre-occupied him since his student days at the Royal Academy schools. As a mature artist he went out of his way to continue studying, making several trips to Paris, including one in 1814 to see the treasures that Napoleon had amassed at the Louvre, as well as at least two visits to Rome, one in 1782 and the other some time after 1820. Some of the drawings in the group are inscribed, for example: From a Greek Bas relief in the Temple of the Parthenon; Deux heroes from the Musée Napolean; Jeune Faune de la Villa Albani; from a statue in the gallery of San Marco; Bacchante…. from a Greek vase in my possession…. Such enthusiastic notes demonstrate that even in his sixties, Rowlandson, one of the great British draughtsmen of his time, continued to look with curiosity and so be inspired.

Old Master & British Works on Paper

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