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Thomas Rowlandson

English painter and caricaturist, Thomas Rowlandson (13 July 1756 – 21 April 1827) was noted for his political satire and social observation.

The son of a tradesman, Rowlandson became a student in the Royal Academy. At age 16 he went to study in Paris. After establishing a studio as a portrait painter, he began to draw caricatures to supplement his income, and this soon became his major interest.

Like other contemporary caricaturists, he produced erotica which was censured by the 1840s. He created comic images of familiar social types of his day and also wrote satirical verse under the pen name of Peter Pindar. His characters ranged from the ridiculous, pretentious, enormous bosoms and bottoms.
A French Dentist Shewing a Specimen of His Artificial Teeth and False Palates
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1784, or The Fashions of the Day

1784, or The Fashions of the Day

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Devonshire, or Most Approved Method of Securing Votes

The Devonshire, or Most Approved Method of Securing Votes

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Madam Blubber On Her Canvass

Madam Blubber On Her Canvass

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Madam Blubber's Last Shift or The Aerostatic Dilly

Madam Blubber's Last Shift or The Aerostatic Dilly

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

For The Benefit of The Champion

For The Benefit of The Champion

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Brewers' Drays

Brewers' Drays

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Sailboat and Dingy on a River or Pond Watched by Two Figures on the Bank

A Sailboat and Dingy on a River or Pond Watched by Two Figures on the ...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Two Patriotic Duchesses on Their Canvass

The Two Patriotic Duchesses on Their Canvass

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Landscape with Cottage Among Trees at Left, and a Distant Church Spire at Right

Landscape with Cottage Among Trees at Left, and a Distant Church Spire...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Dark Lanthern Business, or, Mrs. Hob and Nob On a Night Canvass With a Bosom Friend

Dark Lanthern Business, or, Mrs. Hob and Nob On a Night Canvass With a...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Pair of Cupids – Cupid and Psyche

A Pair of Cupids – Cupid and Psyche

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Group of Stags Drinking

A Group of Stags Drinking

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Rival Candidates

The Rival Candidates

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Man of Feeling

The Man of Feeling

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Aerostation out at Elbows, or The Itinerant Aeronaut

Aerostation out at Elbows, or The Itinerant Aeronaut

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Nap in the Country, Nap in Town

Nap in the Country, Nap in Town

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Sad Discovery of the Graceless Apprentice

The Sad Discovery of the Graceless Apprentice

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Man of Feeling

The Man of Feeling

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Love

Love

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Vauxhall Gardens

Vauxhall Gardens

Like his predecessor William Hogarth, Rowlandson satirized Regency society in all its squalor and splendor. At this evening outdoor concert in the poshest of London's pleasure gardens, he turned the fashionable... more

Courtship in High Life

Courtship in High Life

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Defeat of the High & Mighty Bailissimo Corbettino...

The Defeat of the High & Mighty Bailissimo Corbettino...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A View on the Coast of Sussex

A View on the Coast of Sussex

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Slang Society

The Slang Society

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Mock Turtle

Mock Turtle

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Comfort in the Gout

Comfort in the Gout

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Captain Epilogue

Captain Epilogue

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Jockeyship

Jockeyship

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Parachute or a Sage Lady's Second Experiment

The Parachute or a Sage Lady's Second Experiment

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Aerostation out at Elbows, or The Itinerant Aeronaut

Aerostation out at Elbows, or The Itinerant Aeronaut

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Wonderful Pig

The Wonderful Pig

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Consultation

The Consultation

After Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Surprising Irish Giant of St. James's Street

The Surprising Irish Giant of St. James's Street

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Intrusion on Study or The Painter Disturbed

Intrusion on Study or The Painter Disturbed

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Misery

Misery

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Road to Ruin

Road to Ruin

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Aerostation out at Elbows, or The Itinerant Aeronaut

Aerostation out at Elbows, or The Itinerant Aeronaut

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Too Many for a Jew

Too Many for a Jew

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Slang Society

The Slang Society

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Harmony

Harmony

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Golden Apple, or the Modern Paris

The Golden Apple, or the Modern Paris

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Loss of Eden - and Eden, Lost.

The Loss of Eden - and Eden, Lost.

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Fall of Achilles

The Fall of Achilles

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Maiden Speech

The Maiden Speech

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Cully Pillag'd

A Cully Pillag'd

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Setting out from Edinburgh on the Tour (Picturesque Beauties of Boswell, Part the Second)

Setting out from Edinburgh on the Tour (Picturesque Beauties of Boswel...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Journalist, With a View of Auckinleck, or the Land of Stones (Picturesque Beauties of Boswell, Part the First)

The Journalist, With a View of Auckinleck, or the Land of Stones (Pict...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Private Amusement

Private Amusement

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Le Negligé

Le Negligé

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Reconciliation at Glenelg, after the Journalist had ridden away from Ursa Major (Picturesque Beauties of Boswell, Part the Second)

The Reconciliation at Glenelg, after the Journalist had ridden away fr...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Italian Affectation, Real Characters

Italian Affectation, Real Characters

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Box Lobby Hero, The Branded Bully, or The Ass Stripp'd of the Lion's Skin.

A Box Lobby Hero, The Branded Bully, or The Ass Stripp'd of the Lion's...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Theatrical Chymist

A Theatrical Chymist

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Tea at the Journalist's House in St. James's Court (Picturesque Beauties of Boswell, Part the First)

Tea at the Journalist's House in St. James's Court (Picturesque Beauti...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Vision at Lord Errol's, Slain Castle (Picturesque Beauties of Boswell, Part the Second)

The Vision at Lord Errol's, Slain Castle (Picturesque Beauties of Bosw...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Captain Epilogue

Captain Epilogue

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Fishermen by the Shore – Coastal Scene with a Man Sitting on the Ground Resting an Elbow on a Fishing Basket, Another Man Opposite Mending a Sail, and a Woman Standing Between Them Carrying a Basket on Her Back

Fishermen by the Shore – Coastal Scene with a Man Sitting on the Groun...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Frontispiece, from Bozzy and Piozzi by Peter Pindar, Esq.

Frontispiece, from Bozzy and Piozzi by Peter Pindar, Esq.

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Amputation

Amputation

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Lodging at Mr. M'Queen's in Glemorison: the Celebrated Spider Scene (Picturesque Beauties of Boswell, Part the Second)

Lodging at Mr. M'Queen's in Glemorison: the Celebrated Spider Scene (P...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Polish Dwarf Performing Before The Grand Seignior

The Polish Dwarf Performing Before The Grand Seignior

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Tender Husband

The Tender Husband

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Tithe Pig

Tithe Pig

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Sketch of Politiks in Europe, Birthday of the King of Prussia

Sketch of Politiks in Europe, Birthday of the King of Prussia

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Sly-boots

Sly-boots

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Luxury

Luxury

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Outré Compliments

Outré Compliments

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Recovery after a Severe Drunken Frolic at Corrichatachin (Picturesque Beauties of Boswell, Part the Second)

The Recovery after a Severe Drunken Frolic at Corrichatachin (Pictures...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Contest at Auckinleck, in Which Ursa Major made a Severe Retort on the Journalist's Father (Picturesque Beauties of Boswell, Part the Second)

The Contest at Auckinleck, in Which Ursa Major made a Severe Retort on...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Fishermen by the Shore – Coastal Scene with a Man Sitting on Rocks and Smoking a Pipe, Next to a Standing Young Woman, with a Second Woman Behind

Fishermen by the Shore – Coastal Scene with a Man Sitting on Rocks and...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Fair – A Group of Gypsies – Men and Women in Rustic Clothes in Front of Two Makeshift Tents

A Fair – A Group of Gypsies – Men and Women in Rustic Clothes in Front...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

More of Werther–The Separation: Charlotte Preserved from Destruction by Albert and Hymen, whilst Werther in an access of frenzy puts and end to his existence

More of Werther–The Separation: Charlotte Preserved from Destruction b...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Chatting 'till Two O'clock in the Morning (Picturesque Beauties of Boswell, Part the First)

Chatting 'till Two O'clock in the Morning (Picturesque Beauties of Bos...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Frontispiece, Revising for the Second Edition under the inspection of a learned friend (Picturesque Beauties of Boswell, Part the Second)

Frontispiece, Revising for the Second Edition under the inspection of ...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Sorrows of Werter–The Last Interview

The Sorrows of Werter–The Last Interview

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Walking Up the High Street, Edinburgh (Picturesque Beauties of Boswell, Part the First)

Walking Up the High Street, Edinburgh (Picturesque Beauties of Boswell...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Imitations at Drury-Lane by the Journalist (Picturesque Beauties of Boswell, Part the Second)

Imitations at Drury-Lane by the Journalist (Picturesque Beauties of Bo...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Dance on the top of Dun-Can (Picturesque Beauties of Boswell, Part the Second)

The Dance on the top of Dun-Can (Picturesque Beauties of Boswell, Part...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Domestic Shaving

Domestic Shaving

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Sailing Among the Hebrides, the Journalist Holding a Rope's End (Picturesque Beauties of Boswell, Part the Second)

Sailing Among the Hebrides, the Journalist Holding a Rope's End (Pictu...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

'Tis not Antiques Alone can Please the Eye, or Tastes Differ

'Tis not Antiques Alone can Please the Eye, or Tastes Differ

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Cully Pillag'd

A Cully Pillag'd

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Branded Bully, or the Ass Stripp'd of the Lion's Skin

The Branded Bully, or the Ass Stripp'd of the Lion's Skin

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Domestic Shaving

Domestic Shaving

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Procession to St. Leonard's College (Picturesque Beauties of Boswell, Part the Second)

The Procession to St. Leonard's College (Picturesque Beauties of Boswe...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Embrace at Boyd's Inn (Picturesque Beauties of Boswell, Part the First)

The Embrace at Boyd's Inn (Picturesque Beauties of Boswell, Part the F...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Word-Eater

The Word-Eater

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Frontispiece (Picturesque Beauties of Boswell, Part the First)

Frontispiece (Picturesque Beauties of Boswell, Part the First)

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Journalist, With a View of Auckinleck, or the Land of Stones (Picturesque Beauties of Boswell, Part the First)

The Journalist, With a View of Auckinleck, or the Land of Stones (Pict...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Wit and Wisdom Making Preparations for Dinner (Picturesque Beauties of Boswell, Part the First)

Wit and Wisdom Making Preparations for Dinner (Picturesque Beauties of...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Veronica, a Breakfast Conversation (Picturesque Beauties of Boswell, Part the First)

Veronica, a Breakfast Conversation (Picturesque Beauties of Boswell, P...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Sir Joseph Banks about to Eat an Alligator (‘The Fish Supper’)

Sir Joseph Banks about to Eat an Alligator (‘The Fish Supper’)

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Travelling Knife-grinder at a Cottage Door

A Travelling Knife-grinder at a Cottage Door

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Posting Inn

A Posting Inn

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Rustic Sketch

Rustic Sketch

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Shoeing: The Village Forge

Shoeing: The Village Forge

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

At the White Hart Inn

At the White Hart Inn

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

And Now His Lifted Eyes The Ceiling Sought...

And Now His Lifted Eyes The Ceiling Sought...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Lousiad, Title Page

The Lousiad, Title Page

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Feathers

The Feathers

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)