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Wooded landscape with a seated woman and an artist sketching
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Wooded landscape with a seated woman and an artist sketching

Circa 1790-00

Thomas Rowlandson (1757 - 1827)

Height: 25.2 cm; Width: 32 cm;

Inscription, 91
Collector's mark
Inscription, 27
Inscription, A13142 AX/-/-
Label, Fine Art Society TITLE Woody Landscape (Artist Sketching) / Watercolour by ARTIST Thos Rowlandson / No. 91 DATE Feb 1946
Inscription, 3/8 blk / Clean margin. / Damp top to straighten //

Acquisition (source, method, date)

About this work
William Gilpin’s remarks in Forest Scenery (1808) on the picturesqueness of weeping willows, whose natural scene is ‘some romantic foot-path bridge, which it half conceals — or some glassy pool, over which it hangs its streaming foliage’, precisely match this image. In fact, Rowlandson’s subject is most probably an anti-picturesque satire aimed at the gentleman amateur comfortably engaged in producing a watercolour of his grounds, with lake, fashionable chinoiserie bridge and specimen trees, notably a large weeping willow. (Permanent collection label)

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