THOMAS ROWLANDSON (BRITISH 1756 – 1827)
Pen and ink and watercolour over pencil, tondo
31 cm (12 1/4 inches) diameter.
Provenance: Christopher Fry and thence by descent
Rowlandson is know to have produced a small series of circular compositions depicting gambling and gaming scenes between 1795 and 1818. It is likely that many of these were intended to decorate screens for the Prince Regent at Brighton Pavilion which it is suggested Rowlandson had produced a set of decorations for. This subject matter was close to him as he was known for gambling most of his wealth away.