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Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827)

The Last Drop. 5 Apr 1811

Hand-coloured etching | 31.6 x 21.9 cm (sheet of paper) (sheet of paper) | RCIN 810843

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Rowlandson copied this print from one published by Matthew and Mary Darly in 1773. The image may have appealed because it allowed Rowlandson to portray a gleeful, skeletal Death poised to strike the man, who stands on tiptoes to drain the last drop from a punchbowl. ‘Usquebaugh’, inscribed on one of the bottles on the floor, is Gaelic for whiskey. Cat. 84