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Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827)

Sketches at an Oratorio! 1800

RCIN 810548

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A hand-coloured print depicting fourteen male and female heads with various facial expressions. The use of a long narrow sheet of figures was developed by Rowlandson’s contemporary, Henry William Bunbury (1750–1811). Here, Rowlandson uses the format to examine the reactions of a group of characters to an oratorio – sacred music for singers and orchestra, which was performed in London during Lent.