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Odd Characters

Artist:
Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)
Artist:
Probably after George Moutard Woodward (British, ca. 1760–1809 London)
Publisher:
Published by Rudolph Ackermann (London)
Date:
February 16, 1801
Medium:
Hand-colored etching
Dimensions:
sheet: 18 1/4 x 13 5/8 in. (46.4 x 34.6 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1959
Accession Number:
59.533.776
Not on view
Rowlandson and Woodward collaborated on this ebullient panel of heads tucked behind ribbons, as though into old-fashioned note boards. The dense gathering includes a preacher, a soldier, several well-dressed women, and a range of grotesque faces, and resembles a crowd assembled for a performance at the theater. Figures costumed as a Turk, a fanciful Hussar, and a Harlequin would be at home on the stage.
Inscription: Inscribed in plate: "London Pub-d. 16 Feb-y 1801 by R. Ackermann at his Repository of Arts 101 Strand"

Marking: watermarked Russell & Co. 1799
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
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine," September 13, 2011–March 4, 2012.

Not in Grego or British Museum Satires
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-, Not listed.

Joseph Grego Rowlandson the Caricaturist: A selection from his works, with anecdotal desciptions.... 2 vols., London, 1880, Not listed, but related to vol II, p. 407 ("Public Characters").

Nadine Orenstein, Constance C. McPhee Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine Exh. cat.: September 13, 2011 - March 4, 2012. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New Haven and London, 2011, Entry by Constance McPhee, cat. no. 14, pp. 2, 37, ill.



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