Original watercolor with graphite, pen and ink on medium, smooth, cream wove paper, 7 x 10 1/2 ins. Titled, signed, and dated 1806 in ink. Mounted on paper with a painted frame, dealer's notes in pencil on the back; matted.
§ A lively comic street scene by Rowlandson; a work that must have proved popular as other versions of the painting are known, including one acquired by King George V. "Rag Fair, near present-day Liverpool Street Station, was a market where old clothes and textiles were traded, and was renowned as a noisy area with a swift trade in stolen goods. Rowlandson made at least three other versions of this drawing" (The Royal Collection Trust). With authentication letters from Sessler and Sabin, both dated 1956, and further authenticated by Andrew Clayton-Payne, the noted British art dealer and author of a catalogue of Rowlandson. Item #123351