Lot 152
  • 152

THOMAS ROWLANDSON | The portrait-painter's anteroom

5,000 - 8,000 USD
10,000 USD
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  • Rowlandson, Thomas
  • The portrait-painter's anteroom
  • Pen and black ink and watercolor over traces of pencil

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.