View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Artist
Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland 1735–1811
Medium
Graphite, watercolour and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 211 x 129 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
Reference
T08279

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This is one of a number of comic drawings made by Nathaniel Dance after he retired from professional painting in the early 1780s. The drawing, which takes the form of a character study, appears to satirise
the kind of image found in contemporary fashion magazines.

 

The inscription, 'Dollalolla', may have been invented by the artist. It presumably refers to the type of person being caricatured rather than a specific individual.

 

Gallery label, September 2004

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