Original sketch for "Coventry," from "Remarks on a Tour to North and South Wales, in the year 1797." Thomas Rowlandson.

Original sketch for "Coventry," from "Remarks on a Tour to North and South Wales, in the year 1797."

1799. n.d. (before 1799).

Original ink and wash drawing. Image cropped to 4 3/8 x 7 1/2 ins. Pencil drawing of the same scene in reverse on verso. Lightly soiled, very good. Matted.

§ A street scene in Coventry in which a portly gentleman and his companions appear to be contemplating the local architecture, or perhaps the antics of the nearby residents. The image was drawn by Rowlandson to be etched by John Hill (c.1714-1827) for the book Remarks on a Tour to North and South Wales, in the year 1797 (1799) by Henry Wigstead.

A review at the time noted "These Remarks, which are not very curious or important, are made the vehicle of introduction to some plates, which are entitled to much commendation. We think those from the pencil of Rowlandson are distinguished by most merit; but all of them are picturesque and agreeable." (The British Critic and Quarterly Theological Review, Volume 15, p.568)

The verso of the drawing bears a light pencil sketch of the same scene providing an interesting glimpse of the manner in which Rowlandson worked up his drawings. Item #123625

Price: $1,500.00

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