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Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827)

Buck's Beauty & Rowlandson's Connoisseur c.1799

Pen and watercolour | 27.7 x 18.5 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 913698

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Rowlandson contrasts a statuesque woman, drawn in the style of the fashionable portraitist Adam Buck, and an over refined connoisseur, drawn with his own trademark exuberant penstrokes. The image laughs at the styles of two of the best-known London artists of the day. By the late 1790s ‘Rowlandson’s Connoisseur’ was as familiar a figure as ‘Buck’s Beauty’. Probably purchased by George IV when Prince Regent, 1813 Cat. 49