Thomas Rowlandson

A Bench of Artists


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Thomas Rowlandson 1756–1827
Ink and graphite on paper
Support: 272 × 548 mm
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996

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This comic image of students at the Royal Academy Schools is Rowlandson's earliest dated drawing. The students are seated
at a semi-circular bench, used when drawing from living models.


Rowlandson was admitted to the Schools
in November 1772. He was apparently
a disruptive presence in the life class.
On one occasion he fired his peashooter
at the female model,


which making her start, she threw herself entirely out of position, and interrupted the gravity of the study for the whole evening. For this offence, Master Rowlandson went near to getting himself expelled'.

Gallery label, September 2004

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