Thomas Rowlandson

September the First

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

Medium
Graphite, ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 246 x 193 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
Reference
T09194

Display caption

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.

Gallery label, August 2004