Rowlandson & Pugin aquatint. Published Ackermann's 1809
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Directory: Fine Art: Prints: Etchings: Pre 1837 VR: item # 1218678
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This is a very fine hand-coloured aquatint from Rudolph Ackermann’s “The Microcosm of London". It shows a meeting in the Great Room at the headquarters of the Society of Agriculture at 32 Sackville Street, London.
The Society of Agriculture (or Board of Agriculture) was a British government board, and a forerunner of the Royal Agricultural Society. It was in existence from 1793 until 1821.
“The Microcosm of London" contained over a hundred coloured aquatint plates showing London life. For these, the figures were drawn in gentle caricature by Thomas Rowlandson, one of the most famous satirical artists of Georgian England, and the architectural backgrounds were drawn by Augustus Pugin, a French émigré artist and architectural draughtsman who was father to the great Gothic Revival architect, A.W.N. Pugin. A preliminary proof of each etched plate was printed, and this was then coloured in by Pugin and Rowlandson. Using these hand coloured proofs as a guide, the plates were inked in shades of grey, brown and ochre and the prints made. The remaining colours were then added by hand.
A copy of this print is in the British Government Art Collection (GAC number 2577). It is currently at the British Deputy High Commission at Chennai, India.
The condition is good, with two very small tears at the very edge of the sheet, nowhere near the image.
This is a genuine antique print, over 200 years old. It is not a reproduction.
Please note that the digital watermark on the photographs here is NOT on the original print.
Artist: Thomas Rowlandson (English 1756-1827) / Augustus Charles Pugin (Anglo-French 1762-1832)
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