Thomas Rowlandson

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Erotic caricature by Thomas Rowlandson

Thomas Rowlandson (born July 13, 1756 in London , † April 21, 1827 there ) was an English painter and caricaturist .


Rowlandson studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in London and in Paris. In later years several trips to the continent followed, of which many drawings and sketches have survived ( Naples and the Campagna Felice ... , 1815). Rowlandson began with portraits and landscape paintings, then he came through James Gillray and Henry William Bunbury to caricature painting and was noticed and achieved success. In the Poetical Magazine of the publisher Rudolph Ackermann (later also in book form) a multitude of colored aquatint sheets by Rowlandson appeared, sequences of images to texts by William Combe such as The Three Tours of Dr. Syntax (1809, 1812-21), The English Dance of Death , 2 vols. (1815-16), The Dance of Life (1817). The illustrations for the Microcosm of London (1808) were carried out jointly by Augustus Charles Pugin (architecture) and Rowlandson (people). English journals printed and distributed his caricatures; his drawings illustrate the books by Henry Fielding , Tobias Smollett , Oliver Goldsmith and Laurence Sterne . Rowlandson's erotic-pornographic pictures still find indignant and lover alike. Rowlandson died in 1827 after a long illness.

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