Thomas Rowlandson

British, b.1757, d.1827

Bachelor's Fare or Bread, Cheese and Kisses

  • Watercolour brush drawing
  • Gift of Prof. H. John Simpson and family, in memory of Ming Simpson, 2017
  • 462 x 389mm
  • 2017/051

Picturing an amorous but not quite private moment, Thomas Rowlandson’s watercolour sketch takes its title from a phrase used by Anglo-Irish writer Jonathan Swift in 1738, “Bachelor’s fare: bread and cheese, and kisses”. It was a study for a popular print published in London in 1813.

(Out of Time, 23 September 2023 – 28 April 2024)

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