Place de Mier at Antwerp

Description

In 1791-1792, Thomas Rowlandson visited the Low Countries and Northern Germany in the company of his patron the banker Matthew Michell (1751-1817). This aquatint in the King’s Topographical Collection is after the sketches he made at the time was published by Rowlandson’s other main patron, Rudolf Ackermann (1764-1834), in 1797. Rowlandson’s view of Meir in Antwerp focuses on the hustle and bustle of a popular street market, where housewives, servants and sellers haggle by the grocery stalls and passers-by gather around the makeshift stage set up by a street-entertainer. Despite the apparent familiarity of the scene, Rowlandson introduces some elements to emphasise its foreignness, such as the friars and nuns in the foreground or the crucifix dominating the street.

Full title:
PLACE DE MIER AT ANTWERP. / Rowlandson delin.t ; Wright & Schutz Sculp.t.
Published:
1 August 1797, The Strand, London
Publisher:  
Rudolph Ackermann
Format:
Etching / Aquatint / View
Creator:
Heinrich Joseph Schutz, John Wright, Thomas Rowlandson
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
Maps K.Top.103.58.n.

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