Dr Syntax Sketching a Waterfall

Dr Syntax Sketching a Waterfall

Dr Syntax Sketching a Waterfall
Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827)
Britain
About 1800
Pen and ink, and watercolour on wove paper
Width 22 cm x height 13 cm
Museum no. Dyce 813

Dr Syntax, an amateur artist and connoisseur, was invented by Rowlandson as the subject of his 'The Tour of Dr Syntax, in Search of the Picturesque', published with a text by William Combe in Ackermann's 'Poetical Magazine' from 1809. Here Dr Syntax is shown sketching a waterfall, a satire on the many amateurs of drawing who went sketchbook in hand in search of the fashionable picturesque.