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Creator:
Thomas Rowlandson, 1756–1827, British
Title:
A Maiden Aunt Smelling Fire
Date:
1804
Medium:
Watercolor and graphite with pen and red-brown and pen and gray ink on medium, slightly textured, beige, wove paper, mounted on, thick, moderately textured, beige, wove paper
Dimensions:
Mount: 14 5/16 x 11 1/2 inches (36.4 x 29.2 cm) and Sheet: 11 3/8 x 8 9/16 inches (28.9 x 21.7 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Inscribed in pen in red brown ink, lower left: "Rowlandson 1804"; on support mount, in black ink lower right: "SCIPIO" (H. S. Reitlinger collector's stamp, Lugt. 2274a); on support mount, in graphite lower center: [only the very tip of inscription visible]; Verso: in graphite, lower left: "C422"

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Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1975.3.114
Classification:
Drawings & Watercolors
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
candle | cat (domestic cat) | doorway | fire | genre subject | interior | lovers | maid | man | nude | shoes | smell | staircase | window
Access:
Accessible by request in the Study Room [Request]
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Exhibition History:
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Rowlandson Drawings from the Paul Mellon Collection (Royal Academy of Arts, 1978-03-04 - 1978-05-28)

Rowlandson Drawings from the Paul Mellon Collection (Yale Center for British Art, 1977-11-16 - 1978-01-15)

Publications:
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Simon Schama, Rowlandson in the Round, TLS, the Times Literary Supplement, Issue no. 3963, March 10, 1978, p. 282, Film S748 (SML) Also available Online in TLS Historical Archive (ORBIS)

Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:5613
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