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Dressing for a Masquerade

Artist:
Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)
Publisher:
Samuel William Fores (British, 1761–1838)
Date:
April 1, 1790
Medium:
Etching and stipple
Dimensions:
sheet: 13 7/16 x 18 in. (34.2 x 45.7 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1959
Accession Number:
59.533.346
Not on view
Four pretty women are shown in different stages of dress, while a fat woman, dressed as a nun, resembles a bawd. A hair dresser works on the coiffure of a seated woman at left, while a short woman holds up a mirror to another who wears an elaborate feathered hat.
Inscription: Inscribed in plate within image, lower right: "Rowlandson 1790"
Inscribed in plate, lower left: "Pub April 1. 1790 by S. W. Fores N. 3 Piccadilly"
Francis Harvey (British, active by 1859–died 1899); C. W. Dyson Perrins(sale Sotheby's Jan. 12, 1959); Vendor: Sotheby's, London, Jan. 12, 1959
Grego I.272, II.392;
British Museum Satires 9680
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. 9680.

Joseph Grego Rowlandson the Caricaturist: A selection from his works, with anecdotal desciptions.... 2 vols., London, 1880, vol. I, p. 272, vol. II, p. 392.

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. 6, ill.



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