FB651: The Fancy Ball at the Upper Rooms Bath
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© The Holburne Museum of Art, Bath
|Title||The Fancy Ball at the Upper Rooms Bath|
|Object type||In category: Pictures » Print » Etching » Coloured|
|Date||1- 10- 1825|
By Cruikshank, Robert (English printmaker and painter, 1789-1856) - Artist(s)
Cruikshank, Robert (English printmaker and painter, 1789-1856) - Engraver(s)
Sherwood & Co. (Publishers) - Publisher(s)
|Place of origin||Europe » Northern Europe » British Isles » Great Britain » England » London|
10.0 cm height image size
19.2 cm width image size
15.0 cm height plate size
24.5 cm width plate size
16.0 cm height paper
25.0 cm width paper
23.4 cm height mount
30.9 cm width mount
|Materials & techniques||
Pictures: Medium » Ink
Pictures: Medium » Paint » Watercolour
Pictures: Support » Paper
Hand-tinted etching with aquatint, apparently removed from a volume.
A grand interior lit by chandeliers, The walls ornamented with niches with sculpted figures and urns. In the centre of one wall, a box with a small band. In the centre of the other wall, and organ. The room is decorated with flowers and the floor seems to be carpeted. Figures in fancy dress are dancing, standing in conversation, or sitting on benches.
In a modern mount.
|Marks and inscriptions||
An illustration from The English Spy: an original work, characteristic, satirical, and humorous. Comprising scenes and sketches in every rank of society, being portraits of the illustrious, eminent, eccentric, and notorious. Drawn from the life by Bernard Blackmantle [pseudonym of Charles Molloy Westmacott]. The illustrations designed by Robert Transit [pseudonym of Robert Cruikshank], published in 1825.
The book was a satirical account of high and low life in England, and includes several scenes in Bath. Cruickshank himself appears in "Public Bathing at Bath, or Stewing Alive", where he is enjoying the waters. In "The Pig and Whistle, Avon Street", he can be seen standing on a table in a squalid tavern cheerfully dispensing drink.
Robert Cruikshank was the brother of George and son of Isaac.
This depiction of the interior of the Assembly Rooms is not entirely accurate, and may have been drawn from memory. The costumes chosen by the dancers reflect the fashions of the time. The couple in the centre below the bandstand are dressed in costumes copied from the actor Edmund Keane's famous Richard III.
B. Blackmantle The English Spy, London, 1825
James Lees-Milne and David Ford Images of Bath, Richmond-upon-Thames, 1982: Cat. 658; p.90
Art and Culture in Georgian Bath 1714-1830
Art and Culture in Georgian Bath 1714-1830 » Leisure » Assemblies, Dancing and Gambling
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Europe » Northern Europe » British Isles » Great Britain » England » Bath
|Method of acquisition||Bequest|
|Provenance||Purchased by Frank Brown for £12 (Original cellophane cover [removed] had a label marked "£12")|