Laughter (Le Brun Travested, or Caricatures of the Passions)
Le Brun Travested, or Caricatures of the Passions
Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)
After George Moutard Woodward (British, ca. 1760–1809 London)
Rudolph Ackermann (London)
January 21, 1800
Etching, printed in brown ink
sheet: 11 1/4 x 8 13/16 in. (28.5 x 22.4 cm)
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1959
Not on view
Signature: in plate: "Woodward Del.", "Etch'd by Rowlandson"
Inscription: In plate above: "Laughter / No. 9"; below: "Laughter is one of the most pleasing of the Passions & is with difficulty accounted / for, as risibility is frequently escited from the most simple causes. As is the case / with the Countryman & his cat." / "London Pub. 21 Jan. 1800 at R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts 101 Strand"
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 II.1-3, 407; British Museum Satires 9628-9632
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. nos. 9628-9632.
Joseph Grego Rowlandson the Caricaturist: A selection from his works, with anecdotal desciptions.... 2 vols., London, 1880, vol. II, pp. 1-3, 407.
The Grolier Club A Catalogue of Books Illustrated by Thomas Rowlandson, Together with a collection of original drawings by him Exh. cat. November 1916, cat. no. 56, pp. 86-88.