Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)
Aquatint by Samuel Alken (British, London 1756–1815)
Samuel Alken (British, London 1756–1815)
Hand-colored etching and aquatint
sheet (trimmed to image): 13 3/4 x 20 11/16 in. (35 x 52.5 cm)
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1959
Not on view
A view of a square in Paris built by Mansard in 1686. A burlesqued statue of Louis XIV stands at left. Figures include an abbé and lady walking together, a two-wheeled chair containing a Frenchman who looks up adoringly at the statue, a stout English tourist in jack boots and lady in a riding habit who watch the scene with bemusement. Beside them stands a bare-footed monk. In the middle distance are a procession of monks and a coach with four footmen.
Inscription: Inscribed in pen and ink, upper right: "La Place Victoires A'Paris / Rowlandson delt S. Alken ft"
Francis Harvey (British, active by 1859–died 1899); C. W. Dyson Perrins; Vendor: Sotheby's, London, Jan. 12, 1959
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," April 5, 1993–July 12, 1993.
Grego I.262-66, II.392; British Museum Satires 9679
Frederic George Stephens, M. Dorothy George Catalogue of political and personal satires preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum. 11 vols., London, 1870-, cat. no. 9679.
Joseph Grego Rowlandson the Caricaturist: A selection from his works, with anecdotal desciptions.... 2 vols., London, 1880, vol. I, pp..262-66, vol. II, p. 392.