Doctor Syntax Tumbling into the Water

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Thomas Rowlandson's "Doctor Syntax Tumbling into the Water" serves as more than slapstick humor. The clueless seeker of the picturesque, Doctor Syntax, has wandered onto unstable ground in search of a picturesque angle of the ruin; the ground giving way, Syntax goes sprawling into the water below. This farcical caricature demonstrates the public view of picturesque tourists as foolishly obsessed with finding picturesque views—even to the point of causing themselves pain and or humiliation.