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A French Family

Artist:
Samuel Alken (British, London 1756–1815)
Artist:
After Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)
Publisher:
Samuel William Fores (British, 1761–1838)
Date:
November 5, 1792
Medium:
Hand-colored etching and aquatint
Dimensions:
Sheet: 15 11/16 x 19 11/16 in. (39.8 x 50 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1959
Accession Number:
59.533.1788
Not on view
In a squalid room, French dancers practice to the music of violin played by an older man. The parents of four children dance at the center. A boy and girl dance at right, while a little girl practices a position with her feet. At left an older boy plays a drum to which two dogs dance. A companion print to "An Italian Family."
Inscription: Inscribed in plate, lower left: "T. Rowlandson delin."; lower right: "S. Alken fecit"; lower center: "London. Pub-d Nov-r 5. 1792 by S.W. Fores No. 3 Piccadilly"
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, lot 163
Grego I.170 (1785), II.272-3, 392 (Feb. 1790)
Briitish Museum Satires 9686
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. 9686.

Joseph Grego Rowlandson the Caricaturist: A selection from his works, with anecdotal desciptions.... 2 vols., London, 1880, vol. I, p. 170 (1785), vol. II, pp. 272-3, 392 (Feb. 1790).



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