High Spirits: The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson - the exhibition catalogue from The Royal Collection available to buy at Museum Bookstore

High Spirits: The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson

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'To him we owe some of the great images of life in Georgian London – thunderstruck cockneys jostling behind barriers to gape at actual Laplanders posing with reindeer against a painted panorama of ice and snow.., the pleasure gardens at Vauxhall, jostling with soldiers, students, tarts and society beauties... and the social chaos ..at Covent Garden' - The Guardian

‘Sketching in the merriment, showing us why we laugh’: Comedy Spectators by Thomas Rowlandson, 1789 - High Spirits: The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson


This beautifully illustrated catalogue for the Royal Collection Trust exhibition brings together nearly 100 works by the English caricaturist Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827). A keen social observer and political satirist, his works provide a comic and colourful commentary on the times, detailing excess and foolishness

Rowlandson received a classical artistic training at the Royal Academy (despite the fact that he was nearly expelled for firing his pea-shooter at the female life model). By 1789 the poet Charles Shillito declared: 'Good prints by Hogarth, Rowlandson and such men/Are more esteemed than pictures done by Dutchmen.'  

The volume includes full-colour illustrations accompanied by details drawn from new archival research on both the works and their royal collectors, from George IV to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. 

  • Author: Kate Heard, Curator Prints and Drawings, the Royal Collection
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Date published: November 2013
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1905686766
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 27.9 x 2.5 cm