Thomas Stothard
Designs for Rundell and Bridge’s Transparency 1810

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Thomas Stothard 1755–1834
Designs for Rundell and Bridge’s Transparency
Date 1810
Medium Graphite, ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 249 x 196 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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Stothard was a radical, but he did paint a transparency as part of the celebrations for King George III’s jubilee in 1810. Transparencies were painted in thin oil paint on linen or canvas and lit from behind. Rundell and Bridge were the royal silversmiths; the transparency was displayed in front of their premises on Ludgate Hill.

Britain’s triumphs against Napoleon in the current European wars are symbolised by Mars, god of War (right), and Neptune with his trident (left).The sea god was seen as the protector of Admiral Lord Nelson in his naval victories, culminating at Trafalgar in 1805.

December 2004

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