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A Brace of Public Guardians, July 10, 1800. Creator: Thomas Rowlandson

A Brace of Public Guardians, July 10, 1800. Creator: Thomas Rowlandson


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A Brace of Public Guardians, July 10, 1800. Creator: Thomas Rowlandson

A Brace of Public Guardians, July 10, 1800

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A Brace of Public Guardians, July 10,1800

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is a captivating and satirical print created by Thomas Rowlandson in the 19th century. The artwork humorously portrays two public guardians who are supposed to protect the law and order of Britain but seem more interested in their own corrupt activities. In this colorful etching, we see a night scene with one guardian holding a lantern while the other stands near an open sentry box. Oblivious to their duty, they engage in bribery as one man discreetly hands over money to the other. This comical depiction highlights the prevalent corruption within British society during that time. Rowlandson's caricature skillfully captures the essence of these characters - from their mischievous expressions to their questionable actions. The artist's attention to detail is evident in every aspect of this piece, including the intricate lighting effects and clever use of symbols such as a rattle representing crime. This artwork not only serves as entertainment but also offers social commentary on issues like bribery and corruption within the legal system. It reminds us that even those entrusted with upholding justice can sometimes fall prey to temptation. Displayed at The Met Museum, this heritage art piece by Thomas Rowlandson continues to captivate viewers with its wit and artistic brilliance. It serves as a reminder that satire has long been used as a powerful tool for critiquing societal norms and shedding light on human follies throughout history.

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