attributed to George Moutard Woodward

Scene at a Ball

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Attributed to George Moutard Woodward c.1760–1809
Watercolour and ink on paper
Support: 92 × 146 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 scene at a masked ball shows a corpulent old woman shaking her fists
at a young man. He drops his disguise and flees in terror.


Woodward was an amateur caricaturist, who lived in London on an allowance provided by his father. He produced hundreds of caricatures which, while they show his lack of artistic training, provide entertaining insights into the customs
and habits of Georgian society. Woodward was himself a dissolute character. He died in penury at the Brown Bear public house in Bow Street, London, in November 1809.


Gallery label, August 2004

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