Thomas Rowlandson

Watercolour painter, illustrator and social carcicaturist.

He was born in London in 1756, the son of a bankrupt merchant and was educated at Dr. Barrow's School and at the RA Schools, which he entered in 1772.

He made visits to Paris in 1774 and 1777 to visit relatives and the rococo delicacy of his pen and wash drawings probably owes something to this French connection.

Rowlandson hereafter made extensive journeys on the Continent to France, Italy, Germany and Holland and in Great Britain, filling notebooks with a mixture of grotesque humanity and sylvan ideal landscapes. He often travelled with other caricaturists, notably, J. Wigstead and J. Nixon. His work is always tinted pen drawings rather than full-scale watercolour, but he changed his humorous style to do drawings after the Old Masters and figures reminiscent of Thomas Gainesborough.

He was one of the major caricaturists to become an extensive book illustrator, particularly in his work for Ackermann from 1798, in The Tours of Dr. Syntax, and The Microcosm of London in 1808.

In later life, Rowlandson's quality of work tailed off, a not surprising feature of someone who was a gambler, dissolute and naturally lazy. The later drawings often show a sloppiness and lack of interest in the subject and as countless versions of one subject exist this is not wholly surprising.

He died in London in 1827.

(from The Dictionary of British Book Illustrators and Caricaturists, 1800-1914 by Simon Houfe)

Rowlandson Portrait

Thomas Rowlandson
(1756-1827)
Pencil sketch by George Henry Harlow, 1814

 

Poetical Sketches of Scarsborough
Illustrated by Twenty-one Engravings of Humourous Subjects, coloured from Original Designs,
Made upon the spot by J. Green, and Etched by Thomas Rowlandson

Printed for R. Ackermann by J. Diggens, Saint Anne's Lane
London, 1813

Original hand-coloured aquatint etchings over 205 years old!

The sheet size is approximately 5.5 x 8.75 inches
Relevant text pages available upon request, with purchase

Widow Ducker & Her Nymphs
Widow Ducker & Her Nymphs

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A Trip to Scarbro
A Trip to Scarbro

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The Breakfast
The Breakfast

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The Spa
The Spa

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Spa Terrace
Spa Terrace

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Boot & Shoe Shop
Boot & Shoe Shop

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The Castle
The Castle

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The Warm Bath
The Warm Bath

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Cornelian Bay
Cornelian Bay

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Sea Bathing
Sea Bathing

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The Sands
The Sands

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The Church
The Church

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Shower Bath
Shower Bath

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The Terrace
The Terrace

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The Theatre
The Theatre

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The Ball Room
The Ball Room

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Terrace Steps
Terrace Steps

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Wet Quakers
Wet Quakers

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The Post Office
The Post Office

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The Departure
The Departure

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