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Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827)

The Sculptor c. 1800

Etching with hand-colouring | 29.8 x 23.5 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 810559

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Rowlandson's etching is a routine juxtaposition of a beautiful young woman and a lecherous old man, but more specifically a satire at the expense of the sculptor Joseph Nollekens, who is shown working on a clay model of Venus Suckling Cupid. The many sculptures allude to Nollekens's work as a restorer and copyist – with the taint of fakery – of classical statuary.