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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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Dotage

Dotage

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Outlines of Figures, Landscapes and Cattle

Outlines of Figures, Landscapes and Cattle

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Cuckfield (An Excursion to Brighthelmstone)

Cuckfield (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 a fair at Cuckfield, ... more

Outlines of Figures and Animals

Outlines of Figures and Animals

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Sutton (An Excursion to Brighthelmstone)

Sutton (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, "Sutton,–11 miles fr... more

A Butcher

A Butcher

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Leap Year

Leap Year

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

Outlines of Figures, Animals, and Carriages

Outlines of Figures, Animals, and Carriages

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Outlines of Reindeer

Outlines of Reindeer

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Cattle at the River

Cattle at the River

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Outlines of Figures, Animals and a Boat

Outlines of Figures, Animals and a Boat

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Outlines of Figures, Landscapes and Horses

Outlines of Figures, Landscapes and Horses

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Leap Year

Leap Year

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Outlines of Figures and Animals

Outlines of Figures and Animals

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

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

Tithe Pig

Tithe Pig

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The River

The River

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Sportsman's Hall, or Fox-Hunters Relaxing

Sportsman's Hall, or Fox-Hunters Relaxing

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Airing a Shift

Airing a Shift

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Outlines of Reindeer

Outlines of Reindeer

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Bostonian Electors of L-Shire

Bostonian Electors of L-Shire

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

With Anger Foaming..., from Benevolent Epistle

With Anger Foaming..., from Benevolent Epistle

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Dotage

Dotage

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Outlines of Figures and a Landscape

Outlines of Figures and a Landscape

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Outlines of Figures, Animals, and Carriages

Outlines of Figures, Animals, and Carriages

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

How to Escape Losing

How to Escape Losing

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

French Barracks

French Barracks

A well-decorated barracks room, satirizing the foppishness of French officers who are shown rising dressing for morning parade. Contrasts with the simplicity of the "English Barracks." Thomas Rowlandson (Briti... more

Single and Married

Single and Married

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

How to Escape Losing

How to Escape Losing

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Shipyard, Greenwich

Shipyard, Greenwich

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Woodmen Returning; A Four-in-Hand; The Village Dance; River Scene

The Woodmen Returning; A Four-in-Hand; The Village Dance; River Scene

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Outline of Figures and Animals

Outline of Figures and Animals

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

St. James's and St. Giles's

St. James's and St. Giles's

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

How to Escape Losing

How to Escape Losing

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Gaming Table at Devonshire House

A Gaming Table at Devonshire House

Rowlandson underscored gambling’s grip on British aristocrats at the end of the eighteenth century by centering the action in this drawing upon two sisters from the Spencer family, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonsh... more

Maids and Mistresses

Maids and Mistresses

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Traffic

Traffic

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Modish and Prudish

Modish and Prudish

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Selling a Horse

Selling a Horse

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

How to Escape Winning

How to Escape Winning

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Returning from the Races

Returning from the Races

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Returning from the Races

Returning from the Races

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Grand Monarck Discovered in a Pot de Chambre, or The Fugitives Turning Tail

The Grand Monarck Discovered in a Pot de Chambre, or The Fugitives Tur...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Modish and Prudish

Modish and Prudish

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The constancy of Tom Jones subdued by the charms of Black Moll..., illustration to Henry Fielding's "The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling" (Edinburgh, 1791), Vol. I (Book V, chapter 10)

The constancy of Tom Jones subdued by the charms of Black Moll..., ill...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Parson Adams Engaged In A Perilous Hunting Adventure..., illustration to Henry Fielding's "Adventures of Joseph Andrews, and his friend Mr Abraham Adams"

Parson Adams Engaged In A Perilous Hunting Adventure..., illustration ...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Chairmen's Terror

The Chairmen's Terror

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Tom Jones & the Landlord, Partridge & Susan, Mrs Waters & the Landlady, from "The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling" by Henry Fielding

Tom Jones & the Landlord, Partridge & Susan, Mrs Waters & the Landlady...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

St James's and St Giles's

St James's and St Giles's

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Tom Jones detects the Philsopher in Black Molls Bed Chamber..., illustration to Henry Fielding's "The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling" (Edinburgh, 1791), Vol. I (Book I, chapter 5)

Tom Jones detects the Philsopher in Black Molls Bed Chamber..., illust...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

T. Jones & Sophia interrupted in a tete a tete by Lady Bellaston, from "The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling" by Henry Fielding

T. Jones & Sophia interrupted in a tete a tete by Lady Bellaston, from...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

St James's and St Giles's

St James's and St Giles's

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Paviors Joy

The Paviors Joy

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Art of Scaling

Art of Scaling

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Illustration to Henry Fielding's "Adventures of Joseph Andrews, and his friend Mr Abraham Adams"

Illustration to Henry Fielding's "Adventures of Joseph Andrews, and hi...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Illustration to Henry Fielding's "Adventures of Joseph Andrews, and his friend Mr Abraham Adams"

Illustration to Henry Fielding's "Adventures of Joseph Andrews, and hi...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Lord Tellamar Rudely Dismissed by Squire Western, from "The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling" by Henry Fielding

Lord Tellamar Rudely Dismissed by Squire Western, from "The History of...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Partridge Interrupts Tom Jones in his Protestations to Lady Bellaston, from "The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling" by Henry Fielding

Partridge Interrupts Tom Jones in his Protestations to Lady Bellaston,...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Oddities

Oddities

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Six Stages of Mending a Face, Dedicated with respect to the Right Hon-ble. Lady Archer

Six Stages of Mending a Face, Dedicated with respect to the Right Hon-...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Seaport

Seaport

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Cold Broth & Calamity

Cold Broth & Calamity

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Sentinel Mistakes Tom Jones for an Apparition, from "The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling" by Henry Fielding

The Sentinel Mistakes Tom Jones for an Apparition, from "The History o...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Parson Adams Betrayed into an Unhappy Dunking Scene..., illustration to Henry Fielding's "Adventures of Joseph Andrews, and his friend Mr Abraham Adams"

Parson Adams Betrayed into an Unhappy Dunking Scene..., illustration t...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Tom Jones Refused Admittance by the Nobleman's Porter, from "The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling" by Henry Fielding

Tom Jones Refused Admittance by the Nobleman's Porter, from "The Histo...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Partridge cruelly accused and maltreated by his Wife &..., illustration to Henry Fielding's "The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling" (Edinburgh, 1791), Vol. I (Book I, chapter 4)

Partridge cruelly accused and maltreated by his Wife &..., illustratio...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The infant Jones found in the bed of Mr. Allworthy..., illustration to Henry Fielding's "The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling" (Edinburgh, 1791), Vol. I (Book I, chapter 3)

The infant Jones found in the bed of Mr. Allworthy..., illustration to...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Illustration to Henry Fielding's "Adventures of Joseph Andrews, and his friend Mr Abraham Adams"

Illustration to Henry Fielding's "Adventures of Joseph Andrews, and hi...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Table of Contents, from Henry Fielding's "Adventures of Joseph Andrews, and his friend Mr Abraham Adams"

Table of Contents, from Henry Fielding's "Adventures of Joseph Andrews...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Philosophy Run Mad or a Stupendous Monument of Human Wisdom

Philosophy Run Mad or a Stupendous Monument of Human Wisdom

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Joseph Hastens to Rescue Fanny from Imminent Danger..., illustration to Henry Fielding's "Adventures of Joseph Andrews, and his friend Mr Abraham Adams"

Joseph Hastens to Rescue Fanny from Imminent Danger..., illustration t...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Covent Garden Theatre

Covent Garden Theatre

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Six Stages of Marring a Face

Six Stages of Marring a Face

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Title Page, from Henry Fielding's "Adventures of Joseph Andrews, and his friend Mr Abraham Adams"

Title Page, from Henry Fielding's "Adventures of Joseph Andrews, and h...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Sophia's Modesty Shocked by a Fall from her Horse, from "The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling" by Henry Fielding

Sophia's Modesty Shocked by a Fall from her Horse, from "The History o...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Six Stages of Mending a Face, Dedicated with respect to the Right Hon-ble. Lady Archer

Six Stages of Mending a Face, Dedicated with respect to the Right Hon-...

Rowlandson mocks the extreme measures that an aging socialite pursues to appear young and beautiful. She is shown unadorned at upper right–bald, toothless, half-blind and with fallen breasts–then progressively ... more

The Contrast

The Contrast

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Beauties

Beauties

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Dutch Academy

Dutch Academy

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

An Essay on the Sublime & Beautiful

An Essay on the Sublime & Beautiful

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Bawd on her Last Legs

A Bawd on her Last Legs

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Illustration to Henry Fielding's "Adventures of Joseph Andrews, and his friend Mr Abraham Adams"

Illustration to Henry Fielding's "Adventures of Joseph Andrews, and hi...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Bawd on her Last Legs

A Bawd on her Last Legs

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Parson Adams Discovered in a Suspicious Situation with Mrs. Slipslop..., illustration to Henry Fielding's "Adventures of Joseph Andrews, and his friend Mr Abraham Adams"

Parson Adams Discovered in a Suspicious Situation with Mrs. Slipslop.....

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Tom Jones Rescues Mrs Waters from the Violence of Northerton, from "The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling" by Henry Fielding

Tom Jones Rescues Mrs Waters from the Violence of Northerton, from "Th...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Reform Advised, Reform Begun, Reform Complete

Reform Advised, Reform Begun, Reform Complete

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Title Page, from Tobias Smollett's "The Expedition of Humphry Clinker" (London, 1793), Vol. 1

Title Page, from Tobias Smollett's "The Expedition of Humphry Clinker"...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

List of Plates I-VII, from Tobias Smollett's "The Expedition of Humphry Clinker" (London, 1793), Vol. 1

List of Plates I-VII, from Tobias Smollett's "The Expedition of Humphr...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Introduction

Introduction

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Tit Bit for the Bugs

A Tit Bit for the Bugs

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

List of Plates VIII-X, from Tobias Smollett's "The Expedition of Humphry Clinker" (London, 1793), Vol. 1

List of Plates VIII-X, from Tobias Smollett's "The Expedition of Humph...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

An Early Lesson of Marching

An Early Lesson of Marching

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

An Old Maid In Search of a Flea

An Old Maid In Search of a Flea

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

New Shoes

New Shoes

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

English Curiositiy or The Foreigner Stared Out of Countenance

English Curiositiy or The Foreigner Stared Out of Countenance

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

English Curiosity, or The Foreigner Stared Out of Countenance

English Curiosity, or The Foreigner Stared Out of Countenance

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Oddities

Oddities

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Black Dog Inn Yard At Bellfont

Black Dog Inn Yard At Bellfont

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Bad News Upon Change

Bad News Upon Change

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)