Inscription: Inscribed in plate below image center: "A TOUCH ON THE TIME"; within image lower right: "Pub-d. Dec-r 29. 1788 by S. Fores No. 3 Piccadilly"; in brown ink below image right: "Etched by Thomas Rowlandson"
Marking: Watermark: Strassburg Lily & bend, G. R.
Francis Harvey (British); C. W. Dyson Perrins, his sale Sotheby's Jan. 12, 1959; Vendor: Sotheby's, London (British), Jan. 12, 1959
Grego I.231, II.392; British Museum Satires 7387
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. 7387.
Joseph Grego Rowlandson the Caricaturist: A selection from his works, with anecdotal desciptions.... 2 vols., London, 1880, vol. I, p. 231, vol. II, p. 392.
Patricia Phagan, Vic Gatrell, Amelia F. Rauser Thomas Rowlandson: Pleasurea and Pursuits in Georgian London. Exh. cat. The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College. 2011, cat. no. 10, pp. 72-2, ill.