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John Hamilton Mortimer (1740-79)

A concert dated 1779?

Pen and black ink | 21.1 x 28.2 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 917660

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Rowlandson may have met Mortimer at the Duke of Richmond’s sculpture gallery at Whitehall, where young artists gathered to study drawing from casts. Rowlandson adopted the older artist’s technique of shading with zigzags and dots, which is used to good effect in this humorous drawing of a group of ill-assorted musicians. Ex. cat.