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Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827)

First and Second Floor Lodgers published by Elizabeth Jackson, London, 1 October 1786

RCIN 810222

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This bawdy but delicately coloured depiction of London prostitutes was purchased by the Prince of Wales (later George IV) from the publisher and printseller William Holland in 1790 for 3s 6d – the price is written at the lower right of the sheet. Over the years Holland supplied the prince with at least nineteen albums mounted with satirical prints, by other publishers as well as his own productions, apparently selected to avoid criticism of their recipient's conduct.