Thomas Rowlandson

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Thomas Rowlandson
1756-1827
The Flight on the Eagle's Back. Verso: Sketch of the same subject
Pen and gray ink, with graphite, on paper; miscellaneous brush trials; verso: pen and gray ink, with graphite.
4 5/16 x 5 3/4 inches (109 x 145 mm)
Purchased on the Acquisitions Fund.
1986.61

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Signed at lower right in graphite, "T Rowlandson"; inscribed at lower edge in pen and brown ink, "Extraordinary Flight on the back of an Eagle over France to Gibraltar. / South and North America. the Polar Regions. and back to England. within / six and thirty hours".

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William Drummond, Ltd., London.
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Preparatory design for the frontispiece to Rudolf Erich Raspe, "Surprising Adventures of the Renowned Baron Munchausen", London, 1809.

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