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Thomas Rowlandson
LONDON 1756 - 1827
THE GLOW WORM SOCIETY
Pen and brown ink and watercolour;
signed and dated, lower right: Rowlandson 1817., and inscribed, lower left as titled, further inscribed, on the portrait: Joe Miller
193 by 232 mm
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Literature

With Ackermann, London;
Private Collection, U.S.A.

Catalogue Note

By inscribing this watercolour The Glow Worm Society, Rowlandson was not referring to a London dining club, but instead to the term Glow Worm which, in late Georgian Britain, was understood to mean: 'a proud foole or an arrant asse.' We are grateful to Neil Jeffares for his help when cataloguing this lot.

Old Master & British Works on Paper

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