Thomas Rowlandson was a well known caricaturist of the Georgian era. He specialised in caricatures of famous people and satires of the society at the time. His friend and drinking companion was George Moutard Woodward who was also a well known satirist and caricaturist. They often worked together like in this case with Rowlandson doing the etching.
Rowlandson was the most famous of the two, he studied at the Royal Academy and although he experienced periods of poverty, he was fairly well known in his lifetime. He died in 1827 and was buried in St Paul’s, the actors church in Covent Garden.
These caricatures are from a series called Country characters which Rowlandson created in 1799. There are 12 works in this series which now is in the Boston Public Library. Given the age of the prints, they are in the public domain. Click on any image to enlarge it.
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The cross was destroyed in the year 1647 by the Puritans during the English Civil War. After the construction of Charing Cross station in 1865, a reproduction of Eleanor Cross was created and placed outside the station and not in its original place in Trafalgar Square where the equestrian sculpture dedicated to Carlo.
The reproduction was created by the architect EM Barry himself who built the railway station. He used uncommon images available from the original. at the top, there are eight images of Eleonora, 4 as a queen, with imperial symbols and 4 represented as a Christian. Below are curved angels and shields with royal weapons and those of Ponthieu, Castile and Leon, all copied from still extant Eleanor Crosses who were at Waltham Cross and Northampton.
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