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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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Stage Coach Setting Out From a Posting-House

Stage Coach Setting Out From a Posting-House

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Triumph of Hipocrisy

The Triumph of Hipocrisy

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Cribbage Party in St. Giles's Disturbed By A Press Gang

A Cribbage Party in St. Giles's Disturbed By A Press Gang

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Deer Hunting – A Landscape Scene

Deer Hunting – A Landscape Scene

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Kick Up at a Hazard Table

Kick Up at a Hazard Table

Men from a range of social classes gather to play Hazard, an old English dice game (from which modern craps descends). Tensions have erupted into violence after a British officer, standing at right, has suffere... more

Embarking from Brighthelmstone to Dieppe (from, Imitations of Modern Drawings)

Embarking from Brighthelmstone to Dieppe (from, Imitations of Modern D...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Country Inn

Country Inn

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Ah' let me Sire refuse it..., from Peter's Pension by Peter Pindar, Esq.

Ah' let me Sire refuse it..., from Peter's Pension by Peter Pindar, Es...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Rural Halt

A Rural Halt

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Is This Your Louse?

Is This Your Louse?

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Three Horsehoes, a Roadside Inn

The Three Horsehoes, a Roadside Inn

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Bacchante

A Bacchante

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Love in the East

Love in the East

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Game at Cribbage

Game at Cribbage

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A View near Folkstone with Fishermen Selling a Cargo

A View near Folkstone with Fishermen Selling a Cargo

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Odes for the New Year, from Ode Upon Ode by Peter Pindar

Odes for the New Year, from Ode Upon Ode by Peter Pindar

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Civility

Civility

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Sailor's Family

A Sailor's Family

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Haymakers

The Haymakers

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Syrens

The Syrens

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Rustic Sketch, or A Post Chaise

Rustic Sketch, or A Post Chaise

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Rural Halt

Rural Halt

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Woman Leaning on the Lap of a Seated Man

A Woman Leaning on the Lap of a Seated Man

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

The Lousiad by Peter Pindar, Frontispiece

The Lousiad by Peter Pindar, Frontispiece

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

View on the French Coast

View on the French Coast

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Haymakers

Haymakers

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Rustic Sketch

Rustic Sketch

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Fierce as staring Ajax from this seat...

Fierce as staring Ajax from this seat...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Stage Coach Setting Out from a Posting House

Stage Coach Setting Out from a Posting House

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Fox Hunting – A Landscape Scene

Fox Hunting – A Landscape Scene

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Triumph of Hypocrisy

The Triumph of Hypocrisy

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Monsieur in England

Monsieur in England

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Times

The Times

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Political Hydra

The Political Hydra

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

John Bull in France

John Bull in France

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Liberality and Desire

Liberality and Desire

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Englishmen in November, Frenchmen in November

Englishmen in November, Frenchmen in November

Issued in London at the height of the American Revolution, this print summarizes the situation in 1779 from Britain’s point of view. As in traditional allegories, the figures represent specific nations, but the... more

The Times

The Times

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Q A loaded with the spoils of India and Britain, March 6, 1788

The Q A loaded with the spoils of India and Britain, March 6, 1788

Attributed to Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Print Sale – A Night Auction

A Print Sale – A Night Auction

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Stage Coach Setting Down at the Dolphin Inn

Stage Coach Setting Down at the Dolphin Inn

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Scavenger's Cart

Scavenger's Cart

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Fencing Match

A Fencing Match

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Comfortable Nap in a Post Chaise

A Comfortable Nap in a Post Chaise

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Pea Cart

The Pea Cart

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Touch on the Times

A Touch on the Times

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Uncle George and Black Dick at their New Game of Naval Shuttlecock

Uncle George and Black Dick at their New Game of Naval Shuttlecock

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Lust and Avarice

Lust and Avarice

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Prospect Before Us

The Prospect Before Us

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Liberality and Desire

Liberality and Desire

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Q.A. Loaded With The Spoils of India and Britain

The Q.A. Loaded With The Spoils of India and Britain

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Touch on the Times

A Touch on the Times

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Pea Cart

The Pea Cart

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Sir Jeffery Dunstan Presenting an Address from the Corporation of Garrett

Sir Jeffery Dunstan Presenting an Address from the Corporation of Garr...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Brace of Blackguards

A Brace of Blackguards

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Hare Hunting

Hare Hunting

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

State Butchers

State Butchers

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Rochester Address or The Corporation Going To Eat Roast Pork and Oysters with the R-G-T.

The Rochester Address or The Corporation Going To Eat Roast Pork and O...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Dull Husband

The Dull Husband

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Sweating for Opposition by Dr. W-llis Dominisweaty and Co.

A Sweating for Opposition by Dr. W-llis Dominisweaty and Co.

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Fresh Breeze

A Fresh Breeze

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Visit to the Tombs

A Visit to the Tombs

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Modern Egbert, or The King of Kings

The Modern Egbert, or The King of Kings

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The High-Mettled Racer

The High-Mettled Racer

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Sergent Recruiteur

Sergent Recruiteur

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Death

The Death

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A New Speaker and The Wedding Night

A New Speaker and The Wedding Night

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

State Butchers

State Butchers

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Neddy's Black Box

Neddy's Black Box

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

La politesse Françoise, or the English ladies petition to His Excellency the Mushroom Ambassador

La politesse Françoise, or the English ladies petition to His Excellen...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

An Antiquarian

An Antiquarian

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Sufferer for Decency

A Sufferer for Decency

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Suitable Restrictions

Suitable Restrictions

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

La politesse Françoise, or The English Ladies Petition to His Excellency the Mushroom Ambassador

La politesse Françoise, or The English Ladies Petition to His Excellen...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The High-Mettled Racer

The High-Mettled Racer

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The High-Mettled Racer

The High-Mettled Racer

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Breakfast

The Breakfast

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Comedy Spectators, Tragedy Spectators

Comedy Spectators, Tragedy Spectators

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Penny Barber

A Penny Barber

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Sergent Recruiteur

Sergent Recruiteur

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Bay of Biscay

Bay of Biscay

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Irish Ambassadors Extraordinary, A  Gallante Show

The Irish Ambassadors Extraordinary, A Gallante Show

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Sufferer for Decency

A Sufferer for Decency

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Outlines of Figures, Animals and a Butcher Shop

Outlines of Figures, Animals and a Butcher Shop

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Outlines of Figures, a Carriage, Boats, and Horses

Outlines of Figures, a Carriage, Boats, and Horses

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Reigate (An Excursion to Brighthelmstone)

Reigate (An Excursion to Brighthelmstone)

One of a set of eight aquatints devoted to posting houses on the main road from London to Brighthelmstone (Brighton), together with attractions of the seaside resort, this print represents the White Hart Inn at... more

Saloon at the Marine Pavillion (An Excursion to Brighthelmstone)

Saloon at the Marine Pavillion (An Excursion to Brighthelmstone)

One of a set of eight aquatints devoted to a journey from London to Brighthelmstone (Brighton), together with attractions of the seaside resort, this print represents an ornate oval interior in the Prince of Wa... more

Outlines of Figures, Landscapes and Animals

Outlines of Figures, Landscapes and Animals

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Satan, Sin and Death (Paradise Lost, Book the 2nd)

Satan, Sin and Death (Paradise Lost, Book the 2nd)

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Agreeable Companions in a Post Chaise

Agreeable Companions in a Post Chaise

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Dressing Room at Brighton

A Dressing Room at Brighton

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Outlines of Figures with a Carriage

Outlines of Figures with a Carriage

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Repeal of the Test Act

Repeal of the Test Act

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Outlines of Figures, Animals, Carriages and Boats

Outlines of Figures, Animals, Carriages and Boats

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Steine (An Excursion to Brighthelmstone)

The Steine (An Excursion to Brighthelmstone)

One of a set of eight aquatints devoted to a journey from London to Brighthelmstone (Brighton), together with attractions of the seaside resort, this print represents the main promenade anchored by the residenc... more

Crawley (An Excursion to Brighthelmstone)

Crawley (An Excursion to Brighthelmstone)

One of a set of eight aquatints devoted to posting houses on the main road from London to Brighthelmstone (Brighton), together with attractions of the seaside resort, this print shows the George Inn with a hors... more

Race Ground (An Excursion to Brighthelmstone)

Race Ground (An Excursion to Brighthelmstone)

One of a set of eight aquatints devoted to a journey from London to Brighthelmstone (Brighton), together with attractions of the seaside resort, this print represents a horse race held on a grass course near th... more

Title Page, from Benevolent Epistle

Title Page, from Benevolent Epistle

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Bathing Machines (An Excursion to Brighthelmstone)

Bathing Machines (An Excursion to Brighthelmstone)

One of a set of eight aquatints devoted to a journey from London to Brighthelmstone (Brighton), together with attractions of the seaside resort, this print represents figures descending wooden stairs down a ste... more

The Steine (An Excursion to Brighthelmstone)

The Steine (An Excursion to Brighthelmstone)

One of a set of eight aquatints devoted to a journey from London to Brighthelmstone (Brighton),resort, this print represents the main promenade anchored by the residence of the Prince of Wales. Related text tel... more