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Symptoms of Sanctity

Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827)


Price
£6,500

Medium
Watercolour

Dimensions
9 ¾ x 8 inches

Provenance
Luke Gertler

Literature
Joseph Grego, Rowlandson the Caricaturist, London: Chatto and Windus, 1880, Volume II, Page 27

Exhibited
'Chris Beetles Summer Show', 2020, No 3

Published as an etching by S W Fores, No 50 Piccadilly, London, on 20 January 1801

This work brings together two of Thomas Rowlandson’s favourite themes: the hypocrisy and veniality of the church, and especially, the Roman Catholic church, and a contrast between beautiful youth and ugly age. As a pretty and young communicant kneels at an altar in an attitude of prayer, she receives physical, as well as spiritual, comfort from a monk.


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