Offered for sale is a collection of 21 hand colored aquatints by Thomas Rowlandson from the Tours of Dr. Syntax. The Tours of Dr. Syntax were published many times over a period of about 80 years. Due to the nature of aquatint etchings, the plates were worn down over the years. Thus, the earlier prints, with much more detail and finer hand-coloring are generally more sought after. Our collection has etchings from the earlier editions as well as the later. Generally, the earlier edition prints will be more valuable than the later prints with less detail and more garish coloring. The sheet size of most the etchings is approximately 5.5 x 9 inches, though this does vary by edition.
Thomas Rowlandson was a leading watercolorist, illustrator and carcicaturist from a golden age for carcicaturists. He was one of the major caricaturists to become an extensive book illustrator, particularly in his work for Ackermann from 1798, in The Tours of Dr. Syntax, and The Microcosm of London in 1808.
The aquatints included are:
1. Misfortune in Tulip Hall
2. Doctor Syntax at the Raceground at York
3. Doctor Syntax Tumbling Into Water
4. Doctor Syntax Losing His Way
5. Doctor Syntax Loses His Wig
6. Doctor Syntax at a Review
7. Doctor Syntax Disputing with his Landlady
8. The Reverend Doctor Syntax
9. The Artist's Room
10. Doctor Syntax Received by the Maid Instead of the Mistress
11. Doctor Syntax in the Wrong Lodging House
12. Doctor Syntax Presenting a Floral Offering
13. The Billiard Table
14. Introduction to Courtship
15. A Noble Hunting Party
16. The Harvest Home
17. The Cellar Quartetto
18. Doctor Syntax Turned Nurse
19. Doctor Syntax in Danger
20. The Banns Forbidden
21. The Advertizement for a Wife
Condition: all have been removed from editions of the Tours of Doctor Syntax, some more neatly than others. Some of the etchings are earlier, with good detail and muted colors, others are later with more garish colors. They are being offered at less than $5 per. Please see the detailed photos below.
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