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A picture of depravity: 2170

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A picture of depravity


Draughtsman: Rowlandson, Thomas




History note: Ricketts and Shannon Collection

Legal notes

The Ricketts and Shannon Collection. Bequeathed by Charles Shannon, 1937

Measurements and weight

Height: 194 mm
Width: 161 mm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1937) by Shannon, Charles Haslewood

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Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of paper ( laid down)

Techniques used in production

Watercolour : Pen, ink and watercolour on paper, laid down on a larger sheet with ruled and coloured borders as a mount
Pen and ink

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: A Picture of Depravity
  • Location: Lower left
  • Method of creation: Ink
  • Text: An old Letcher [sic] betwixt Hawk and Buzzard
  • Location: Upper left
  • Method of creation: Ink

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Identification numbers

Accession number: 2170
Primary reference Number: 19143
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 7 June 2022 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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The Fitzwilliam Museum (2023) "A picture of depravity" Web page available at: Accessed: 2023-01-31 16:27:22

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