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    Sale 5905

    Christie's Interiors

    7 April 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 427

    Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827)

    The Blind Piper

    Price Realised  

    Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827)
    The Blind Piper
    signed and dated 'Rowlandson 1800' (lower right) and inscribed 'THE BLIND PIPER' (lower left)
    pen and ink and watercolour
    8 x 11 in. (20.3 x 28 cm.)


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    The title of this work may refer to Iain Dall Mackay of Gairloch (d.1754), the celebrated bard and piper of Sir Kenneth Mackenzie who lost his sight at an early age and whose songs achieved widespread popularity. It may also refer to the blind piper mentioned in The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith, a version of which was illustrated by Rowlandson in 1817.

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    This lot will be removed to an off-site warehouse at the close of business on the day of sale - 2 weeks free storage


    Provenance

    Dr. J. Percy Collection; his executors' sale, Christie's, London, 25 April 1890, lot 1076.
    The Fine Arts Society, London.