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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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Fast Day

Fast Day

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Unused study for a plate to "Hungarian and Highland Broadsword Exercise"  Feb. 12, 1799

Unused study for a plate to "Hungarian and Highland Broadsword Exercis...

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

Justice

Justice

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Fast Day

Fast Day

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Return from a Walk

A Return from a Walk

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Barber

Barber

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Procession of a Country Corporation

Procession of a Country Corporation

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

What's The News

What's The News

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Bad Speculation

Bad Speculation

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

How Do You Do

How Do You Do

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Between Heats

Between Heats

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Forget & Forgive, or Honest Jack Shaking Hands with and Old Acquaintance

Forget & Forgive, or Honest Jack Shaking Hands with and Old Acquaintan...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Sailor's Return

The Sailor's Return

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

London Outrider, or Brother Saddlebag

London Outrider, or Brother Saddlebag

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Attorney

Attorney

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

An Irish Howl

An Irish Howl

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

The Irish Baronet and his Nurse

The Irish Baronet and his Nurse

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Connoisseurs

Connoisseurs

Rowlandson here directs his visual wit against a group of elderly art enthusiasts who lean in appreciatively to examine a painting of Venus and Cupid. Their lecherous expressions, the voluptuous subject before ... more

Publican

Publican

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Killing with Kindness

Killing with Kindness

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Betting

Betting

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Sailor's Return

The Sailor's Return

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Crowe & The Pigeon

The Crowe & The Pigeon

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Waddling Out!

Waddling Out!

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Fellows Feasting

Fellows Feasting

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Soldier's Departure

The Soldier's Departure

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Gull and the Rook

The Gull and the Rook

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Exciseman

Exciseman

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Dasher! Or the Road to Ruin in the West

A Dasher! Or the Road to Ruin in the West

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

My Service To You

My Service To You

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

St James's Courtship

St James's Courtship

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Stocks Are Up! Huzza!!

Stocks Are Up! Huzza!!

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Fashionable Suit

A Fashionable Suit

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

City Foulers-Mark!

City Foulers-Mark!

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Vicar

Vicar

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A charm for democracy, reviewed, analyzed, and destroyed January 1, 1799

A charm for democracy, reviewed, analyzed, and destroyed January 1, 17...

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

Running out of the Course

Running out of the Course

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Good Speculation!

Good Speculation!

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

St Giles's Courtship

St Giles's Courtship

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Sailor and Banker, or the Firm in Danger

The Sailor and Banker, or the Firm in Danger

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Footman

Footman

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Cit's Airing Themselves On A Sunday

Cit's Airing Themselves On A Sunday

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Sailor and Banker

The Sailor and Banker

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Sailor and Banker, or the Firm in Danger

The Sailor and Banker, or the Firm in Danger

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Racing

Racing

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Late Hours!

Late Hours!

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Fresh-Water Salute

A Fresh-Water Salute

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Good Night

Good Night

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Doctor

Doctor

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Good Morning To You

Good Morning To You

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Mounting

Mounting

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Chelsea Reach

Chelsea Reach

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Forward

Forward

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Peep into the Retreat at Tinnechurch (United Irish)

A Peep into the Retreat at Tinnechurch (United Irish)

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Steward

Steward

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Chelsea Reach

Chelsea Reach

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Hocus Pocus, or Searching for the Philsopher's Stone

Hocus Pocus, or Searching for the Philsopher's Stone

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Sculptor [Preparations for the Academy, Old Joseph Nollekens and his Venus]

The Sculptor [Preparations for the Academy, Old Joseph Nollekens and h...

Rowlandson caricatures Sir Joseph Nollekens, who sculptures of classical gods and contemporary busts helped popularize Neoclassical taste in Britain. The sculptor’s collection of plaster and terracotta casts an... more

Veneration (Le Brun Travested, or Caricatures of the Passions)

Veneration (Le Brun Travested, or Caricatures of the Passions)

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Desire

Desire

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Despair

Despair

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Symptoms of Sanctity

Symptoms of Sanctity

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Admiration (Le Brun Travested, or Caricatures of the Passions)

Admiration (Le Brun Travested, or Caricatures of the Passions)

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Tinker and Swinging

The Tinker and Swinging

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Hatred or Jealousy

Hatred or Jealousy

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Compassion (Le Brun Travested, or Caricatures of the Passions)

Compassion (Le Brun Travested, or Caricatures of the Passions)

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Sadness (Le Brun Travested, or Caricatures of the Passions)

Sadness (Le Brun Travested, or Caricatures of the Passions)

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Compassion

Compassion

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Despair

Despair

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Shaving a Forestaller

Shaving a Forestaller

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Collar'd Pork

Collar'd Pork

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Attention (Le Brun Travested, or Caricatures of the Passions)

Attention (Le Brun Travested, or Caricatures of the Passions)

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Joy with Tranquility (Le Brun Travested, or Caricatures of the Passions)

Joy with Tranquility (Le Brun Travested, or Caricatures of the Passion...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Horse Armoury in the Tower

The Horse Armoury in the Tower

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Admiration with Astonishment (Le Brun Travested, or Caricatures of the Passions)

Admiration with Astonishment (Le Brun Travested, or Caricatures of the...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Rapture (Le Brun Travested, or Caricatures of the Passions)

Rapture (Le Brun Travested, or Caricatures of the Passions)

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Desire (Le Brun Travested, or Caricatures of the Passions)

Desire (Le Brun Travested, or Caricatures of the Passions)

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Acute Pain

Acute Pain

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Hatred or Jealousy

Hatred or Jealousy

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Horror

Horror

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Veneration

Veneration

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Sadness

Sadness

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Scorn (Le Brun Travested, or Caricatures of the Passions)

Scorn (Le Brun Travested, or Caricatures of the Passions)

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Weeping (Le Brun Travested, or Caricatures of the Passions)

Weeping (Le Brun Travested, or Caricatures of the Passions)

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Desire

Desire

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Anger

Anger

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Laughter (Le Brun Travested, or Caricatures of the Passions)

Laughter (Le Brun Travested, or Caricatures of the Passions)

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Admiration with Astonishment (Le Brun Travested, or Caricatures of the Passions)

Admiration with Astonishment (Le Brun Travested, or Caricatures of the...

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Swearing a Bastard Child!

Swearing a Bastard Child!

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Terrour or Fright

Terrour or Fright

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

A Brace of Public Guardians

A Brace of Public Guardians

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Simple Bodily Pain

Simple Bodily Pain

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Humbugging, or Raising the Devil

Humbugging, or Raising the Devil

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Admiration

Admiration

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Dinner Spoil'd!

The Dinner Spoil'd!

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Title Page: Le Brun Travested, or Caricatures of the Passions

Title Page: Le Brun Travested, or Caricatures of the Passions

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Desire (Le Brun Travested, or Caricatures of the Passions)

Desire (Le Brun Travested, or Caricatures of the Passions)

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

The Sculptor

The Sculptor

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Terrour or Fright (Le Brun Travested, or Caricatures of the Passions)

Terrour or Fright (Le Brun Travested, or Caricatures of the Passions)

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Acute Pain (Le Brun Travested, or Caricatures of the Passions)

Acute Pain (Le Brun Travested, or Caricatures of the Passions)

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)