Thomas Rowlandson (London 1756-1827)
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Thomas Rowlandson (London 1756-1827)

Death looking at vanity

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Thomas Rowlandson (London 1756-1827)
Death looking at vanity
inscribed 'Let her paint an Inch thick, to this favour she must come./ Shakespear' (lower center, on the artist's mount)
pencil, pen and ink and watercolor
12 x 10 in. (30.5 x 25.4 cm)
Provenance
with Davis Galleries, New York

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Lot Essay

The inscription on the present drawing comes from Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act V, Scene I, Ophelia's burial procession. It is spoken by Hamlet to Yorick's skull, suggesting that however much effort one puts into their appearance, mortality is inescapable.

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