High Spirits: The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson
- The Holburne Museum |
- 27 Sep 2014 – 15 Feb 2015
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Through Rowlandson’s drawings and prints, the exhibition examines life at the turn of the 19th century.
York Address to the Whale. In March 1809, a large whale was caught and viewed by hundreds of people in London. The Duke of York is shown here pleading with the whale to continue to distract public attention away from his own questionable conduct
Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013
The absurdities of fashion, the perils of love, political machinations and royal intrigue were the daily subject matter of Thomas Rowlandson, one of the leading caricaturists of Georgian England.
Rowlandson was working at a time when English satirical prints were prized by collectors across Europe and a number of his prints were purchased by George, Prince of Wales, later Prince Regent and King George IV.
Ironically the prince was often the butt of caricaturists’ jokes and sometimes tried to prevent the publication of images that he felt were particularly offensive.
The exhibition includes a specially selected group of prints inspired by life in Bath. On display is the complete series of Comforts of Bath and the 1810 satire Bath Races.