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