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Attributed to SW Fores : 3 Piccadilly

Scrap screen c.1806-7

RCIN 7912

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This folding screen has been decorated with figures and scenes cut from satirical prints. The collage has been cleverly assembled, and the figures, although taken from different prints, appear to interact with one another. Such screens were common in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and were used to decorate rooms and block out draughts. They could be purchased ready-made, or were decorated by amateurs from materials sold by printsellers. This screen was probably made by the firm of S.W. Fores, one of London’s leading satirical printsellers. Most of the prints on the screen were published by Fores; others were probably taken from his stock of historic impressions. The latest prints on the screen date from 1806, suggesting that it was made in that year or soon after. Rowlandson is among the artists whose work features in the decoration. Probably acquired by Edward VII to furnish Sandringham House Cat. 93