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Carting Hay, 1806

Thomas Rowlandson
British, 1756 - 1827
pen and reddish-brown ink with watercolour over graphite on wove paper
19.4 x 27.2 cm
Purchased 1924
National Gallery of Canada (no. 3119)

A caricaturist best known for his biting satire and savage wit, Rowlandson produced thousands of spritely pen-and-ink drawings delicately tinted with watercolour. His immense oeuvre embraces every imaginable facet of late Georgian life, and includes pastoral landscapes with genre elements, such as the present work. Possibly a view in Cornwall, Rowlandson's quickly executed sketch shows the satisfying integration of town and country life that England enjoyed before the advent of the Industrial Revolution.

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