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The Blessings of Partnership

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    london (published)

  • Date:

    28/07/1806 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Thomas Rowlandson, born 1756 - died 1827 (etched)
    Woodward, George Moutard (designed)
    Ackermann, Rudolph, born 1764 - died 1834 (published)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching, coloured by hand

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by John Jones

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 138, box D

Rowlandson's caricature focuses upon two farmers arguing over a barn they share. To the left of the composition, one of the farmers stands angered with a blazing torch in his right hand. The speech inscribed above his head states that he plans to burn down his half of the barn under the pretence that he can do as he wishes with his own property. Standing to the right of the composition is the crazed farmer’s partner. Holding a walking stick in his left hand, he raises his right hand, and opens his mouth in bemusement. Above his head, speech is also inscribed. He accuses his partner of constant foolishness, and unlike his partner who has neglected his share of the barn, he has used his half to store corn. The barn the two men share is depicted in the background, and in the lower right corner of the image, a small dog peers up at the arguing men.

Physical description

Etched caricature, with hand coloruing, of two men arguing about a barn they share. The barn is depicted behind the men, and a dog is shown in the lower right corner of the composition. Speech is inscribed above both men's heads. Publication line and artists' names are inscribed towards the bottom of the image, and the title below image, set within the surrouding box.

Place of Origin

london (published)


28/07/1806 (made)


Thomas Rowlandson, born 1756 - died 1827 (etched)
Woodward, George Moutard (designed)
Ackermann, Rudolph, born 1764 - died 1834 (published)

Materials and Techniques

Etching, coloured by hand

Marks and inscriptions

The Blessings of Partnership.
Title inscribed below image

Woodward del
Inscribed in lower left corner of image

Rowlandson scul.
Inscribed to lower right corner of image

Pubd Huly 28th. 1806. by R Ackermann N 101 Strand.
Publication line inscribed to bottom centre of image

AS to that Partner every man has a right to do as he pleases with his own property and you have done so - as to myself, I have made up my mind some time, - I me am to set my half on fire!!
Speech inscribed in upper left corner of image, above the head of the man standing to the left

Why Neighbour, what are you about much a lighted torch at noon day - but you are always doing some foolish thing or another, - now there is that Barn, in which we go partners - see how I have stored my part with corn, where your half is totally neglected.
Speech inscribed to upper right corner of image, above the head of the man standing to the right


Height: 238 mm Image, Width: 296 mm, Height: 259 mm Sheet, Width: 323 mm Sheet

Object history note

Object originally bound in a guard-book containing one hundred and fifteen caricatures by T. Rowlandson, W. Heath, J. Gillray, R. Dighton, G. Cruikshank and others

Descriptive line

A hand-coloured etched caricature of two men arguing over a barn they share.




Etching; Hand colouring


Caricatures & Cartoons; Prints; Agriculture


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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