There’s a veritable flood tide of original works by Thomas Rowlandson coming up for auction in the UK at the moment. These include genre scenes, character studies and a few humorous pictures. Perhaps the most interesting is The Wigsteads: A Christening which depicts Rowlandson’s friend and fellow caricaturist Henry Wigstead (1745 – 1800) and his family. Although I also have a soft spot for the untitled caricature of a group of drunken students being sternly regarded by their tutors. It appears as though some things never change.
I should point out, before anyone gets all excited and starts emailing me to enquire whether I’d be willing to sell this drawing or that drawing, that none of these pictures belong to me and I’m not offering them for sale. The images are taken from various sale catalogues and are being shared here in order to record original works which would otherwise disappear into anonymous private collections once the auctions have taken place.
‘The patient’, n.d., pen, ink and watercolour 16.5 x 11.5cm
‘Interior scene’, n.d., pen, ink and watercolour, 10 x 17.5cm
The Wigsteads: A Christening, n.d., pen, ink and watercolour 17 x 30cm
‘Outside the Oyster Room’, n.d., pen, ink and watercolour, 13 x 9.5cm
Chamber Council, n.d., pen, ink and watercolour, 15 x 19cm
Oakhampton, Cornwall, 1816, pen, ink and watercolour, 16.5 x 24cm
‘At the Cottage Door’, n.d., pen, ink and watercolour, 14.25 x 9.5cm
‘Student drinking club’, n.d., pen, ink and watercolour, 26.5 x 32.5 cm