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The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson

Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827)

Doctor Convex and Lady Concave. 20 Nov 1802

Etching with hand-colouring | 29.9 x 22.9 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 810584

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A hand-coloured print of two people talking. The man on the left has a protruding belly and teeth and the woman on the right is thin with her body bent in such a serpentine manner as to accommodate the expanse of the man. The joke here is one of discrepancies: the figures are different in both appearance and social status. This is typical of Rowlandson’s love of humour which lies in the appearance of individual figures rather than in a situation. The maxim quoted at the foot of the print is by Fulke Greville, an Elizabethan courtier. Inscribed in the plate: Pubd Novr. 20, 1802 by R. Ackermann N 101 Strand / Rowlandson inv