The School of Eloquence.
[c.1800, first published 1780]
Etching with hand-colouring, platemark approx 265 x 360mm (10½ x 14¼"). Repaired tears, tatty; 'Ivy Mill' watermark; very large margins.
'The interior of a fashionable debating society of the period; the members are the quality of both sexes' (Grego). Social satire after an early drawing by Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827), satirist whose graphic style has become synonymous with the popular vision of late Georgian Britain. This print was first published by the printmaker, Archibald Robertson, in 1780, the year that Rowlandson's career got started in earnest, although the publication line has been effaced from this later printing.
Grego vol. 1, p.98; an early impression is in the Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.
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