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Thomas Rowlandson
THE PORTRAIT-PAINTER'S ANTEROOM
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152
Thomas Rowlandson
THE PORTRAIT-PAINTER'S ANTEROOM
Estimate
5,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 10,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Thomas Rowlandson
LONDON 1756 - 1827
THE PORTRAIT-PAINTER'S ANTEROOM
Pen and black ink and watercolor over traces of pencil
117 by 195  mm; 4 1/2  by 7 5/8  in
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Catalogue Note

This watercolor is connected to William Combe’s The History of Johnny Quae Genus, a book that was published in 1822, for which Rowlandson provided twenty-four coloured aquatints. The story followed the adventures of Johnny Quae Genus, the adopted son of Dr Syntax, the subject of Combe and Rowlandson’s highly successful: The Tour of Doctor Syntax in search of the picturesque (1809-12)In the present work Johnny Quae Genus is seen on the far right.

Rowlandson’s creative process, which culminated in the aquatint, clearly matured over a number of years, as three other drawings of this subject, with compositional differences, survive. One is in a private collection, another (dated 1802) is in the Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand and the third is held at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

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