A Race Meeting

Thomas Rowlandson,

WAG 2247

About this object

This watercolour is close in style to illustrations that were drawn by the artist for his book 'An Excursion to Brighthelmstone made in the year 1789', a joint venture with his friend Henry Wigstead (1760 - 1840). The book intended to illustrate the pair's journey to Brighton on the south coast, then known as Brighthelmstone, a popular tourist resort. It was decidated to George IV (1762 - 1830), then the Prince of Wales, who was particularly fond of Brighton. Rowlandson's original drawings were engraved by Samuel Alken (1756 - 1815) and the volume published by G G & J Robinson of London in 1790.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Thomas Rowlandson (British: English, born:1757-07-13, died:1827-04-21)
  • Date
  • Materials
    Watercolour; Pen; Ink; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 32.5 cm x 50.3 cm
  • Physical description
    A landscape depicting a scene at the races. Spectators are gathered on either side of the track where five horses can be seen racing past. The foreground is littered with people on horses and others sitting in open carriages with a small group having a picnic on the right. There is a stand and various buildings opposite filled with more people that fades into the distance.
  • Related people
    Allan Heywood Bright (Previous owner) ; Thomas Rowlandson (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 2247
  • Credit line
    Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by Mr Allan H Bright JP in 1912
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

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Previous owners

  • Allan Heywood Bright

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1912
    Disposal method: Presented to the Walker Art Gallery in February 1912


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: D - 34 3 B
    Inscription method: Chalk
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Backing
Object view = Fine Art
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