Etching and aquatint with original handcolouring Image 437 x 547 mm, Plate 460 x 570 mm, Sheet 465 x 575 mm A number of inebriated men raise a toast in a grandly decorated dining room, led by a young man standing on his chair. In an attempt at standing, a figure at the far right falls over backwards. An excess of empty bottles litter the floor on the left, highlighting that this toast comes at the end of a long and drunken meal. A cheery looking guest has been depicted standing beside the fallen gentleman uncorking another bottle, insinuating that this debauched affair is far from over. An impression is in the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827) was one of the most accomplished and prolific of English professional draughtsmen. Admired for his satirical wit, he excelled as a caricaturist as well as an illustrator of books. Best known for such works as The Microcosm of London and The Three Tours of Doctor Syntax, which he illustrated for Rudolph Ackerman. One of the finest exponents of pen line in the history of British art.
Author W.P.Cary after Thomas Rowlandson
Condition Good impression, time toning to sheet.