22 January 2003
Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827)
The sunrise and sunset
inscribed 'The Sun rise and Sun sett [sic]' and with signature (lower edge)
pencil, pen and ink and watercolour
5½ x 4 in. (14 x 10.1 cm.)
Anon. sale, Christie's, New York, 3 June 1981, lot 2.
Anon. sale, Christie's, New York, 30 October 1985, lot 429.
with Andrew Clayton-Payne, London.
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London, Andrew Clayton-Payne, An exhibition of Watercolours by Thomas Rowlandson, 1756-1827, 1998, no. 15, illustrated in colour.
What is possibly a preliminary sketch for the figure of the portly gentleman representing 'Age', can be found on the reverse of a drawing for the Dr Syntax series that was exhibited by Morton Morris & Co. and Spink in 1978, no. 34. The discovery of the sketch helps date the present drawing to circa 1809-10 when the Syntax series was drawn.
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