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Thomas Rowlandson: Pleasures and Pursuits in Georgian England

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With heavy-handed humor and a low subject-matter, the work of Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827) provides an invaluable insight into the workings and mentality of late Georgian society. He was quite simply a product of his times, who relished recording the street life of London and whose drawings and etchings reveal an attraction to repulsive visions of wickedness and hardship, whilst maintaining a high degree of humanity.A completely new illustrated volume which presents 72 watercolors, drawings, prints, and illustrated books to reassess the legacy of this renowned 18th-century satirist, Thomas Rowlandson: Pleasures and Pursuits in Georgian England reflects the growing emphasis on the social and political context of the satirical art of the eighteenth and early nineteenth century. In so doing, it rescues Rowlandson from what co-author Vic Gatrell calls ''the immense condescension of posterity.'' This catalogue explores Rowlandson's unique perspective on Georgian society,on leisure and social life, and the crossing of class boundaries. Hardcover, 184 pagesThe Book Illustrations of Thomas RowlandsonAugust 8, 2015 - January 3, 2016