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Thomas Rowlandson, 1756–1827

Preparatory sketch for 'Dr Syntax Sketching the Lake'

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Sketch for "Dr. Syntax Sketching the Lake."

Pen and brown ink with graphite on medium, slightly textured, cream laid paper
Sheet: 6 1/2 x 9 3/8 inches (16.5 x 23.8 cm)

Inscribed in pen and brown ink, lower left: "But Grizzle in her haste to pass | Lur'd by a tempting tuft of grass | a luckless slip now chanced to take | And sous'd the doctor in the Lake; in pen and brown ink, center right: Slow Brute he cry'd your noisy glee | I do not want to hear - but see...- Tho' by Picturesquith Laws | you're better too with open Jaws"

Watermark: similar to Heawood 1340 but with "...lineux Johnston/ & A Lee" in mirror image below plumed symbol

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
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Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
dog (animal) | genre subject | horse (animal) | lake | man | sketching
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IIIF Manifest:

Thomas Rowlandson - Pleasures and Pursuits in Georgian England (Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, 2011-04-08 - 2011-06-12) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Thomas Rowlandson - Pleasures and Pursuits in Georgian England (Block Museum of Art, 2011-01-14 - 2011-03-13) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Fairest Isle - The Appreciation of British Scenery 1750-1850 (Yale Center for British Art, 1989-04-12 - 1989-06-25) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Patricia Phagan, Thomas Rowlandson, pleasures and pursuits in Georgian England , Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. London, 2011, pp. 136-37, no. 50, NJ18 R79 P53 2011 + OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Duncan Robinson, Fairest isle : the appreciation of British scenery, 1750-1850, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1989, p. 7, no. 36, ND1354.4 F35 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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