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A White Serjeant [sic] Giving the Word of Command: "Why don't you come to bed you drunken sot."

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A White Serjeant [sic] Giving the Word of Command: "Why don't you come to bed you drunken sot."

Artist: Thomas Rowlandson (British, 1756 - 1827)

Date: 1807
Medium: Hand colored etching on paper
Overall: 9 9/16 x 13 1/16in. (24.3 x 33.2cm)
Image: 8 5/8 x 12 5/8in. (21.9 x 32.1cm)
Inscribed: Recto, at bottom of image: "Pub. May 25, 1807 by R. Ackerman N101 Strand"; "Rowlandson 1807"; bottom, below image: "A White Serjeant Give the Work of Command Why dont you come to bed you drunken sot."
Credit Line: Gift of Edward W. Root
Object number: 53.160
Label Text
Rowlandson established his reputation in the 1780s for his insightful images of contemporary English life. He was a brilliant draftsman whose rapid, loose style of drawing was ideally suited for the type of popular prints that were his specialty. His works ranged from political satire and caricature to commentaries on domestic customs and manners. In this etching Rowlandson commented on the pleasures and tensions of domestic life. The man is shown comfortably seated near a large fireplace and is engaged in, or there are references to, various gentlemanly pursuits: smoking, drinking, hunting and riding. He seems blissfully uninterested in the revealed charms of the woman who hectors him to come to bed. Strategically placed on the mantle above the fireplace is a book titled, "Rule a Wife and Have a
W[L?]ife." Another book on the table in the foreground is opened to a page with an inscription that reads, "Miseries of Human Life." Another inscription at the bottom of the print indicates that it was issued by Rudolph Ackerman with whom Rowlandson collaborated on a number of successful publishing projects.

February 2005
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