Poor Mrs. Tottenham
By ATKINSON, John Augustus, 1810
[The Berners St Hoax].
- Author: ATKINSON, John Augustus
- Publication date: c1810
- Physical description: Pen and ink and grisaille wash on paper.
- Dimensions: 210 by 171mm (8.25 by 6.75 inches).
- Inventory reference: 18133
John Augustus Atkinson’s (1774 — 1830) accompanied his stepfather to Russia and the court of Catherine the Great, when he was only eight. There he learned to paint, almost exclusively military scenes in oils. However, when they returned to London in 1802 he switched to watercolours and aquatint. His work had “something of the lively and happy interest in human life of Thomas Rowlandson and the caricaturists of the period… His occasional weaknesses in draughtsmanship were more than compensated for by the sharpness of his observations and the vitality and liveliness of his compositions” (Alan Bird for DNB).