HIGH SPIRITS: The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson


HIGH SPIRITS: The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson

EDITED BY KATE HEARD    Book Number: 85001    Product format: Paperback

With his inimitable depictions of portly squires and young dandies, Austenesque heroines and their formidable chaperones, dashing officers and corrupt politicians, dodgy clergy and stout yeomen, dissolute drunks of both sexes, John Bull and, of course, the royalty, aristocracy and great and not so good of the time, the keenly observed satires of Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827) make clear his sharp eye for current affairs and corruption and his appreciation of the humour to be found in everyday life. This hefty 11"×10¼" softback features almost 100 of his comic works, with subjects spanning the entire range of English society, including satires of politicians and particularly George III and his troublesome offspring from the Royal Collection Trust and features an introductory letter from our own special customer, HRH Prince Philip. Kate Heard is Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings at the RCT and we could not wish for a more knowledgeable guide. Perhaps the greatest joy in Rowlandson's work is all the disguised innuendos and now-obsolete visual devices he employed in his drawings but unless you are an expert many of these will pass you by, but not so with Kate Heard as your chaperone, guiding you through gin-sodden backstreets, the courts, the Court and the drawing rooms of the aristocracy across the country. On top of this she provides fascinating detail on the royal collectors themselves, from George IV to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. 272pp.
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ISBN 9781905686766
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