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David Ashley, Inc., N.Y. sold to Moore Achenbach 2 Jan 1940
Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts
Stanford Museum, Dance of Death, 2 March - 22 April 1973; Stanford, "Rowlandson: Ill. Books, Prints, & Drawings", 4 March - 13 April 1980; UC Santa Cruz, E.P. Smith Gallery, "Rowlandson: Ill. Books, Prints, & Drawings", 1 May - 24 May 1980.
Old man lies in his bed holding a book and a candle, surrounded by the many antique pieces he has collected during his lifetime such as a shield, a bass viol, a skeleton mounted on the wall. One cat chases a rat from under the bed, knocking over the chamber pot; another cat leaps off the bed to join the pursuit. (Virginia Anderson 05/10/94)
This drawing was adapted by Rowlandson to become one of the designs for his 'The English Dance of Death' (1814-16). In the later design, the skeleton in the cupboard has become the personification of Death, emerging from the cupboard towards the old man, frightening the cat.