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Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827)

The Chamber of Genius 2 Apr 1812

Pen with brown ink and watercolour over pencil | 22.1 x 28.1 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 913706

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In this drawing of a struggling artist surrounded by his family, Rowlandson contrasts the idleness of the sleeping woman with the industry of her young children. The palette bearing an ‘s’ may be a sly allusion to Hogarth’s self-portrait of 1749, which showed a similar palette displaying Hogarth’s sinuous ‘line of beauty’. Purchased by George IV when Prince Regent, 1811 Cat. 63