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Rowlandson & Pugin aquatint. Published Ackermann's 1810
A very fine hand-coloured aquatint from Rudolph Ackermann’s “The Microcosm of London”. It shows a class of pupils at the Chelsea Military College.

The Chelsea Military College (properly called the Royal Military Asylum) was founded in 1803 for the education of orphans of British servicemen killed in the Napoleonic Wars. It was housed in a building designed for the purpose by the architect John Sanders, a pupil of Sir John Soane. When the school moved to Dover in 1909, the building was renamed the Duke of York's Barracks. It served as a Territorial Army base until sold by the Ministry of Defence in 2000.

“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 2582). It is currently in the British Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden.

The condition is very 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 / Thomas Sunderland
Title: “Military College, Chelsea”
Type of print: Etching and aquatint with hand colour. The paper is watermarked by the maker, J. Whatman and dated in the watermark 1812.
Publication details: “The Microcosm of London”, R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts, 1810, this copy printed 1812 or after.
Dimensions:
Size of image (including inscription) 9” by 10.25”
Size of plate 9.25” by 11”
Size of sheet 11” by 13”

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