- Purchased, 1971
- 114 x 180mm
A team of devoted domestic servants attends to the central character in a pictorial narrative created by satirist and caricaturist Thomas Rowlandson in 1798. And So To Bed presents a logical finale in The Comforts of Bath series; most works in it were reproduced as hand-coloured aquatint etchings, though this scene never developed beyond a watercolour sketch. Following the sojourn of an indulgent tourist in the fading spa town, the etched larger sequence shows the gout-ridden protagonist riding a horse in nearby meadows, at the Bath Pump Room, in a doctor’s surgery, at a private concert, a fish market, a portrait studio, a gambling house, a gourmet dinner, a ball at the Assembly Rooms and the famous thermal baths. Rowlandson himself was no stranger to the gamut of available vices and is known to have had a particularly reckless addiction to gambling.
(Leaving for Work, 2 October 2021 - 1 May 2022)