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The Prospect Before Us

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1791 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Thomas Rowlandson, born 1756 - died 1827 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-coloured etching

  • Museum number:

    E.1001-1970

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case EE, shelf 126

Physical description

Hand-coloured etching depicting a couple dancing on stage in front of a large theatre audience. The audience is seated in stalls and in numerous boxes which make up the walls of the circular auditorium. The couple and the spectators in the boxes closest to the stage are in colour whilst the rest are in black and white and faintly outlined. The couple hold long flower garlands and wear elaborate hats. Lettered with title and dedication.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1791 (made)

Artist/maker

Thomas Rowlandson, born 1756 - died 1827 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-coloured etching

Marks and inscriptions

The Prospect Before Us

Pubd as the Act Directs Jany 13 1791 by S. W. Fores Piccadilly

Dimensions

Height: 35.5 cm, Width: 51.5 cm

Descriptive line

Hand-coloured etching by Thomas Rowlandson entitled 'The Prospect Before Us', depicting a couple dancing on stage in front of a large theatre audience. London, 1791.

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

Miller, Elizabeth. Hand Coloured British Prints. London: Published by Trustees of the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1987.

Materials

Paper; Printing inks

Techniques

Etching; Hand colouring

Subjects depicted

Hats; Actors; Dancing; Theatre; Theatre; Garlands; Boxes; Audience

Categories

Stage costumes; Prints; Theatre; Satire

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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