Original Author: Thomas Rowlandson and Augustus Charles Pugin, artists and engravers
Created: ca. 1808–1810 original edition; 1904 edition
Medium: Etching, aquatint and watercolor
South Sea House Dividend Hall.
Well-dressed men and women check their accounts in Dividend Hall at the British South Sea South Company in London. This colored print by the artists Thomas Rowlandson and Augustus Charles Pugin was published in Rudolph Ackermann's The Microcosm of London; or, London in Miniature (1904). This edition is a reprint of the original three-volume work published between 1808 and 1811. "The hall, in which dividends are paid, is a spaciou room," Ackermann wrote, "and finished in a style of no common elegance, as seen in the plate which represents it." The British South Sea Company was an investment company that specialized in international trade.