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Vauxhall Gardens

after Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)
Robert Pollard (British, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 1755–1838 London)
Francis Jukes (British, Hertfordshire 1747–1812 London)
Published London by John Raphael Smith (British, baptized Derby 1751–1812 Doncaster)
June 28, 1785
Engraving and aquatint
Sheet: 21 x 30 in. (53.3 x 76.2 cm)
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1959
Accession Number:
Not on view
Like his predecessor William Hogarth, Rowlandson satirized Regency society in all its squalor and splendor. At this evening outdoor concert in the poshest of London's pleasure gardens, he turned the fashionable crowd of spectators into the object of amusement. In the foreground, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, and her sister Lady Duncannon stand arm in arm while, at right, the Prince of Wales whispers to his mistress Mary "Perdita" Robinson. Jukes and Pollard effectively captured in aquatint the delicate tonal gradations and animated line of Rowlandson's lively watercolor.
Signature: in plate: "Drawn by T. Rowlandson Aquatinto by F. Jukes. Engraved by R. Pollard"

Inscription: in plate: "London Publish'd June 28th 1785 by J. R. Smith No. 83 Oxford Street"
Francis Harvey (British, active by 1859–died 1899); C. W. Dyson Perrins(sale Sotheby's London, Jan. 12, 1959); Vendor: Sotheby's, London, Jan. 12, 1959
Grego I.156-161, II.390; British Museum Satires 6853
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-, vol. VI, no. 6853.

Joseph Grego Rowlandson the Caricaturist: A selection from his works, with anecdotal desciptions.... 2 vols., London, 1880, vol. I, pp. 156-61; vol. II, p. 390.

A. Hyatt Mayor "Rowlandson's England." in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 20, New York, February 1962, fig. no. cover, ill.

Cindy McCreery The Satirical Gaze: Prints of Women in Late Eighteenth-Century England. Oxford, 2004, pp. 106-109.

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