Doctor Syntax Sketching the Lake (c. 1820)

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From The Tour of Doctor Syntax: In Search of the Picturesque, a Poem (c. 1820) by William Combe, illustrated by caricaturist Thomas Rowlandson

The character of Doctor Syntax, like many of Combe’s creations, was comical and intended as a satire of William Gilpin and his trendy descriptions of “the picturesque” — all the rage during this period.

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