Thomas Rowlandson
September the First date not known

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Thomas Rowlandson 1756–1827
September the First
Date Date not known
Medium Graphite, ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 246 x 193 mm
Acquisition Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
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This satirical drawing by Rowlandson clearly demonstrates the type of lines characteristic of a reed pen. Rowlandson was a prolific satirical and caricature artist and is known often to have used a reed pen. In this drawing, he has gone over a faint graphite underdrawing using a fairly diluted black ink. The lines are strong and of a uniform width and tend to be square-ended; these characteristics would have been impossible to achieve with a quill.

August 2004

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