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Sutton Nicholls, The Compleat Auctioneer, c.17

2 June 2019

  We make a rare foray into the world of early eighteenth-century graphic satire for this post on an engraving by Sutton Nicholls which has popped up at auction recently. Nicholls...

Unpicking William Heath

30 May 2019

The Artist, attributed to William Heath, 1812. Portrait of the artist as a young man? But was Heath a teenager or in his early 30s when this image was published?   While doing...

Lecture: The fantastic Visions of James Gillray, June 2019

21 March 2019

Fairfax House’s Savage Satire exhibition will conclude with a lecture by Tim Clayton entitled The Fantastic Visions of James Gillray. Readers of this blog will no doubt be familiar...

Wapping Old Stairs, Thomas Rowlandson, 1814.

14 March 2019

I spotted this nice watercolour scene by Rowlandson in an auction catalogue this morning. It shows a group of pedestrians descending Wapping Old Stairs towards a small wherry which...