Friday, January 31, 2014

Who painted this? #59

Who painted this? #59
Lots of clues in this painting if you look closely - and not just the obvious ones!

There are two very interesting stories associated with the subject of this portrait painting and the person who painted this portrait.  Let's see if you can work them both out!

A bit of a challenge but one that's worth it........

How to participate in "Who painted this? #58"


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In short:
  • use your brains not software to find the answer - search using words only on a database of images 
  • leave your answer as a comment on this blog - do not leave the answer on Facebook! 
  • if correct it will not be published until the next post - which provides the answer 
  • if wrong it will be published 
  • the winner - who gets a mention and a link on/from this blog - is NOT THIS WEEK the first person to give me a completely correct answer for ALL the things I want to know. It's the person who does all this AND provides the BEST answer (see above)

Who Painted This #58 - The Answer

Christie's Auction Room by Thomas Rowlandson
Title of the artwork: Christie's Auction Room

Name of the artist who created this artwork: Thomas Rowlandson (1756–1827)


Date it was created: 1808

Media used: Hand coloured aquatint on paper

Where it lives now: This engraving was published as Plate 6 of Microcosm of London (1808) (see File:Microcosm of London Plate 006 - Auction Room, Christie's.jpg).

Plate 6: Scene in an auction room, a sale in progress; paintings hang from walls and are displayed from an easel, a crowd gathers in room; illustration in the 'Microcosm of London'. 1808Etching, aquatint and hand-colouring
This work is unusual for a number of reasons

First - it's not an independent picture. It's actually a picture which is bound in a book which was printed. A sketch and a proper copy of it exists and is kept in the British Library.

Next it's predominantly the work of one man - but it's possible a second helped out and a third would have produced the engraving.

The book it forms part of has images produced by two men. Augustus Charles Pugin (No - not that Pugin.  He is in fact the father of the man who designed the interior of the Palace of Westminster) was an architectural draughtsman, trained by John Nash. He was excellent when a drawing of a building was required. His work was populated and complemented by Thomas Rowlandson who excelled at drawing and painting people.

Obviously this particular work is almost entirely the work of Rowlandson - although Pugin might had had a hand in sorting out the upper part of the room and the glazed lights.
The Microcosm of Londonwas issued, in and after 1808, in three volumes. In the many coloured plates that illustrate, or constitute, this work, the figures were drawn by Rowlandson, and the architecture by Augustus Charles Pugin, while the text was written by William Combe. The work is concerned not only with the antiquities of London, but with its contemporary life. 
You can see the other works which formed part of the publication in
Living in London as I do, I absolutely love it - a great combination of making art and telling stories about London!

There's an absolutely fascinating blog post about Ackermann’s Microcosm of London – Online in The Regency Redingote.
The original 1808 – 1810 edition of this magnificently illustrated set is extremely rare, and therefore prohibitively expensive. The reduced-size reprint of 1904 is nearly as scarce and almost as costly.
There's also a lovely blog post about James Christie – from selling chamber pots to making billions… on Georgian Gentleman written by Mike Rendell (who also gets a mention in the comment of one of the participants in last week's challenge)

Who guessed correct?

Who painted this #58? - probably stumped a number of people given the work was not a painting but a print!

However two people both provided excellent answers for last week's challenge - and they both told me things I didn't know.  I very much commend you to read their comments on last week's challenge.

They were Marie and bernadettemadden.ie. Accordingly I'm going to make them joint winners of last week's challenge.  Marie did get there first though!