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Rowlandson & Pugin aquatint. Published Ackermann's 1808

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Rowlandson & Pugin aquatint. Published Ackermann's 1808
This is a very fine hand-coloured aquatint from Rudolph Ackermann’s “The Microcosm of London”. It shows the magnificent interior of the Guildhall in the City of London as it was in the early nineteenth century.

The fifteenth century Guildhall still stands and is the administrative centre of the City, London’s financial district. The building was badly damaged by Luftwaffe bombs in 1940, and much of what this print shows was destroyed, notably the wooden doorway and clock and the enormous statue on the wall at right. This was one of the two painted wooden sculptures made in 1708 by Richard Saunders to represent the giants, Gog and Magog, fabled guardians of the City. The figure here is Magog.

“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 5192).

The condition is good.

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)
Printmaker: Thomas Rowlandson / Augustus Pugin / John Bluck
Title: “Guildhall”
Type of print: Etching and aquatint with hand colour. The paper is watermarked by the maker, J. Whatman and dated in the watermark 1808.
Publication details: “The Microcosm of London”, R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts, 1808
Size of image (including inscription) 9” by 10.5”
Size of plate 9.25” by 11.25”
Size of sheet 10” by 12.5”

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