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Portrait of the Artist
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The Sculptor

c. 1800

RCIN 810559

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.

No. 76

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