Thomas Rowlandson

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Thomas Rowlandson 1756–1827
Graphite, ink and watercolour on paper
Support: 246 × 193 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 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

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