The Dance of Life, A Poem ... Illustrated with Coloured Engravings, by Thomas Rowlandson
by ROWLANDSON, Thomas (1756-1827, illustrator). - [William COMBE (1741-1823)]
London: R. Ackermann, 1817. 8vo. Hand-coloured aquatint frontispiece, additional title with hand-coloured aquatint vignette, 24 hand-coloured aquatint plates. Nineteenth century smooth tan calf, bound by Riviere & Son, spine gilt, red endpapers, repairs to joints With color plates by Rowlandson, bound by Riviere. Rowlandson and Combe's 1815-1816 re-interpretation of Holbein's Dance of Death , is a catalogue in verse of the different ways death will come to a list of people from all walks of life (as it was lived in early-19th century England) with the denouments captured in aquatint by Rowlandson. In contrast, their present Dance of Life concentrates on the life of one man: Sir Henry Grace, who heads off on a Hogarthian rake's progress, but is returned to the righteous path: the poem ends with Sir Henry, his wife and children reaping the rewards of a good and moral life. Abbey Life 264; Prideaux p.332; Tooley pp. 217-221.
(Inventory #: 32623)
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