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Watercolour - Museum of Ancient Paintings, Palais of Portici Naples
  • Museum of Ancient Paintings, Palais of Portici Naples
    Thomas Rowlandson, born 1756 - died 1827
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Museum of Ancient Paintings, Palais of Portici Naples

  • Object:

    Watercolour

  • Place of origin:

    England (painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1800 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Thomas Rowlandson, born 1756 - died 1827 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce

  • Museum number:

    DYCE.799

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case DG, shelf 31

Physical description

Museum of Ancient Paintings, Palais of Portici Naples; A satirical watercolour showing a woman with three young men looking at wall frescoes. Two older men stand behind the group.

Place of Origin

England (painted)

Date

ca. 1800 (painted)

Artist/maker

Thomas Rowlandson, born 1756 - died 1827 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Museum of ancient Paintings, Palais of Portici Naples inscribed below image.

Dimensions

Height: 12.9 cm, Width: 20.6 cm

Descriptive line

Rowlandson, Thomas; Museum of Ancient Paintings, Palais of Portici Naples; A satirical watercolour showing a woman with three young men looking at wall frescoes. Two older men stand behind the group; English School; ca.1800.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

DYCE COLLECTION. A Catalogue of the Paintings, Miniatures, Drawings, Engravings, Rings and Miscellaneous Objects Bequeathed by The Reverend Alexander Dyce. London : South Kensington Museum, 1874.

Labels and date

The Palais Portici housed artefacts excavated from the Roman town of Herculaneum. Rowlandson shows a woman admiring a display of risqué Roman fresco paintings while the men surrounding her all look lecherously at her. The crux of the satire is whether their visit is a cultural or erotic pastime. []

Materials

Paper; Water-colour

Techniques

Painting (image-making)

Subjects depicted

Woman; Men; Museum; Paintings; Frescoes

Categories

Caricatures & Cartoons; Paintings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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