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Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827)

Dressing for a Birthday. 3 Mar 1788

Hand-coloured etching | 39.5 x 54.1 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 810267

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Royal birthday celebrations were lavish affairs. Rowlandson shows a group of women dressing in the latest fashions for the event. Our amusement is shared by the young boy (holding the mirror) and the dog, who laugh conspiratorially at the scene. Purchased by George IV when Prince of Wales, 1790 Cat. 19