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Rowlandson & Pugin aquatint. Published Ackermann's 1809

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Rowlandson & Pugin aquatint. Published Ackermann's 1809
A very fine hand-coloured aquatint from Rudolph Ackermann’s “The Microcosm of London”. It shows the interior of Westminster Hall.

Built in 1097, Westminster Hall is the oldest existing part of the Palace of Westminster, the seat of the British government. It is the only major building there to have survived the fire of 1834. The hall has been used for various purposes. When this print was made it served as a law court. The print shows the hall’s extraordinary oak “hammerbeam” roof, built at the end of the fourteenth century.

“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 9046). It is currently at the Department for International Development, London.

The condition is good. There is some foxing in the left margin, but not affecting 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)
Printmaker: Thomas Rowlandson / Augustus Pugin / John Bluck
Title: “Westminster Hall”
Type of print: Etching and aquatint with hand colour.
Publication details: “The Microcosm of London”, R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts, 1809
Size of image (including inscription) 11” by 7.75”
Size of plate 11.5” by 9.5”
Size of sheet 12.75” by 10.25”

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